First still from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The first still has been released of the anticipated film adaptation of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the historical novel written by Lisa See that has become a favorite of book clubs everywhere.
The movie stars Jeon Ji-hyun (aka Gianna Jun) as Snow Flower and Li Bingbing as Lily (a role previously taken by Zhang Ziyi, who then dropped out of the project), two friends in 19th-century China who share a deep emotional bond and communicate via a secret dialect/language, Nushu.
The movie is directed by Wayne Wang, who directed The Joy Luck Club as well as, um, Maid in Manhattan. It’s set for a July 15 release in The U.S.
I keep meaning to read this book (it’s on the book club’s list!), and have read good things about Lisa See’s novels in general. I’m not sure how the language barrier issue will resolve (apparently the movie’s in English and Chinese, and while Jeon Ji-hyun can scrape by passably with the former, I don’t suppose she’ll have as much luck with the latter), but if the movie does well, maybe Jeon will finally have her crossover success story.
Via Joy News
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