Tuesday, July 19, 2011

a lovely film. i hope.

i am dying to see snowflower and the secret fan, but it's not in nashville yet. i have been fascinated by asian films for years, and this one does look intriguing.

here's a synopsis from fox searchlight:

In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or "old sames" - bound together for eternity.

Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan.

In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai.

i perhaps should read the book first. if this movie follows in the footsteps of memoirs of a geisha or the joy luck club, it will not compare in quality to the novel which inspired it.

but it promises to be a visual feast, if nothing else.

the best asian films, of course, are not made for american audiences and are not in english (i.e., in the mood for love, flowers of shanghai, shower, scent of green papaya and raise the red lantern, to name a few), but i will see it either way.

what do you think? what movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

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