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Certificate 12A
Li Bingbing
Gianna Jun
Archie Kao
Wayne Wang
Angela Workman
Ronald Bass
Michael Ray
Running Time
104 minutes

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Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

19th century China. Two women, Nina (Li Bingbing) and Sophia (Gianna Jun), embark on a formal friendship - or 'laotong' - that gives them a secret freedom from the binds of a fiercely male-dominated society. Greater strife, though, is just around the corner...

Taking a much-loved novel as its starting point, Wang's film doesn't do much more than splash colour on a story of deep-felt friendship. Not even the second best Hugh Jackman cameo of the year can save it from being little more than a period curio.

Reviewed by Anna Smith

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