Critically-acclaimed director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) weaves a contemporary tale with an old-world fable in Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, coming to DVD on 14th May from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Inspired by author Lisa See’s bestselling novel of the same name, Snow Flower And The Secret Fan tells a poignant tale of eternal friendship. 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 their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers and complicated love lives, and must delve into the ancestry of their bond if they hope to safeguard their connection. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in the notion of love, hope and friendship.

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan features supporting performances by Hugh Jackman (Australia), Russell Wong (Romeo Must Die), Vivian Wu (The Last Emperor), and Archie Kao (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation).

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