Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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Disappointing literary adaptation has some heavy themes.
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Rotten: In this lavish adaptation of Lisa See's novel, the complex chronologies of the parallel narratives are skillfully handled by director Wayne Wang, which makes his reliance on unbridled sentimentality all the more irritating.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, July 29, 2011
Rotten: You're advised to bring a hankie or two should you venture forth to see the tearjerker "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."
- V.A. Musetto, New York Post, Friday, July 15, 2011
the director's/script's addition of the modern day Snow Flower/Lily as the real main characters' progeny really was unnecessary and very distracting. Needless to say, the book was better. The movie sucked at translating differences in cultural values that say the Joy Luck Club did brilliantly. And speaking of Joy Luck Club, Russel Wong was in this movie. It seemed like they were trying too hard to make this into another Joy Luck Club. Lisa See is a very adept author, we don't need to add parts of Amy Tan to make her best selling book more viable as a movie!
- fb645492669, Monday, January 16, 2012
Didn't enjoy the parallel storyline much. The book had no flip-flops between past and present. They should've kept to the book more, because I feel a lot of the significant details in the book were left out, basically changing the feel to something different and not nearly as historically interesting and spiritually deep as the book was. The movie version just didn't invoke the same emotion I felt in the book version, but I think because I'd already read the book, I understood the overall feel the filmmakers were attempting to convey. Therefore I wouldn't recommend this to someone who hasn't read the book.
- weltlichgesinnt, Sunday, November 20, 2011
Depicted from the Lisa See book, this film beautifully reflects the lives and sacred bond between two best friends who are closer than sisters. Wayne Wang remarkably captures the significance in storytelling through this film in the portrayals of Snow Flower and Lily in comparison with Sophia and Nina. Gianna Jun and Bingbing Li both are phenomenally stunning in their representation of dual characters. Always great to see the beautiful Vivian Wu in films, her character portrayal reflects her immense talent in the craft. Definitely worthy! Definitely hope to see more Lisa See books made into films.
- iLeo, Thursday, February 14, 2013