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Coming to Blu-ray and DVD November 1st
From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li, The Forbidden Kingdom) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun, My Sassy Girl) are brought together in a Laotong friendship—a lifelong bond between two women who rely on each other for companionship and comfort. Amid the civil unrest and gender discrimination of the era, the pair deals with life’s hardships together until they are separated by marriage and childbirth. As sworn sisters, however, the women continue to communicate through the secret Chinese language of nushu, hiding their stories and messages within the folds of delicate silk fans.
In present day Shanghai, the Laotong’s descendants Nina (also played by Li) and Sophia (also played by Jun) struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers and complicated love lives. Drawing on lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection or risk losing one another forever. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in the notion of love, hope and friendship.
My Review: I got a sneak peek copy of the movie to review on DVD because the book is one of my all time favorites and I was curious about how the movie would fill in all the nuances and tell the story. As with all movies that are made from books, I recommend reading the book first, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the movie tells the story and it doesn't lose the flavor from the book. I especially like how the same two actresses portray both the ancient and modern women in the film - I think it connects things in a very real way that helps the viewer see the parallels in the story. This would be a great opportunity for book clubs to revisit the book and then watch the movie together!
You can also check out this great site: http://www.snowflowerstory.com/
The Snow Flower Story is a visual experience that immerses people in the video, music and photography of the film. Through these pages, written passages from the original novel are brought to life and complimented by imagery and video to create a seamless blend of book and film.
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