Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (US) in November
Fox Home Entertainment
have announced the US DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on 1st November 2011. Inspired by author Lisa See’s novel of the same name, director Wayne Wang’s (The Joy Luck Club) latest film tells a poignant tale of eternal friendship.
Growing up in 19th century China, Lily (Bingbing Li) and Snow Flower (Gianna Jun) 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.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray, audio options are listed as Mandarin 5.1 DTS-HD MA and English AD DD5.1 (which we presume is Audio Descriptive) along with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The only extra is “The Sworn Sisterhood of the Secret Fan”.