'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Originally Released: 2011
Running Time: 1 hr.; 45 min.
Synopsis: A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.
My Take: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (click title for my review) was one of the very first books I reviewed on this blog. If you want to see how far my reviewing style has come, just read that review! At any rate, it was a book I really enjoyed and so while I had heard that movie was a bit of a disappointment, I was still looking forward to seeing a really interesting book come to life.
Ok people, what the heck happened! Did I miss something in my reading of the book? The movie added a whole modern plot line. I don't remember this and I know my memory isn't amazing but I think I would have remembered this whole back and forth thing. Do they think that American audiences are stupid and can't handle a movie just set in the olden days? Well, that can't be true because they make historical epics all of the time! So, what the heck movie producers! Why did you mess with the story so much!
Naturally my favorite part of the movie was the half that was set in 19th century China and focused on the female friendship that was the laotong. I loved seeing the friendship of Snow Flower and Lily come to life. I thought it was great that they kept that story in Chinese and subtitled it because it kept it more authentic. The foot binding scene, while difficult to watch, was fascinating and the history that surrounded these two women's lives was great to watch come to life.
It saddened me that they dumbed it down with a modern day interspersal but if you loved the book then I do think it's worth watching if only to see the snippets of the 19th century China life in action.
Have you seen this movie? How did you think it represented the book?