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Movie Review: 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'

Movie Review: 'Snow Flower and the Secret Fan'

In trying to give a modern twist to "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan's" bestselling story of women and friendship in 19th century China, director Wayne Wang has been tripped up by his chick-lit tendencies. He should have trusted that author Lisa See's moving portrait of two girls bound by fate, custom and circumstance (as tightly and at times as painfully as the cloth that wraps and warps their feet) would be enough. Instead, he's weighted down the big-screen version with a couple of 21st century Sex in Shanghai-styled BFFs who've had a nasty falling-out.

The film starts with the Shanghai gals and their issues. Nina (Li Bingbing) is involved in a big corporate banking...

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