Snow Flower and the Secret Fan


1h 40m 2011

Brief Synopsis

In 19th century China, when women had their feet bound, they spent their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu -

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Seidenfächer, Seidenfächer
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Zhejiang, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

In 19th century China, when women had their feet bound, they spent their lives in seclusion with only a single window from which to see. Illiterate and isolated, they were not expected to think, be creative, or have emotions. But in one remote county, women developed their own secret code, nu shu - "women's writing" - the only gender-based written language to have been found in the world. Some girls were paired as "old-sames" in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their windows to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. An old woman tells of her relationship with her "old-same," their arranged marriages, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood-until a terrible misunderstanding written on their secret fan threatens to tear them apart.

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Seidenfächer, Seidenfächer
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2011
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Zhejiang, China

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video November 1, 2011

Limited Release in United States Summer July 15, 2011

Based on the novel "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" written by Lisa See and published by Random House on June 28, 2005.

Limited Release in United States Summer July 15, 2011

Ziyi Zhang was previously attached to star and produce.

Released in United States on Video November 1, 2011