Friday, July 8, 2011

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Soundtrack [2011]

Director Wayne Wang is back with a new film “Snow Flower and The Secret Fan”. (This film will no doubt draw comparisons to The Joy Luck Club from the 90’s.) Inspired by the bestselling novel SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See, the film is a timeless portrait of female friendship. The cast includes Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-hyun), Vivian Wu, Archie Kao, and Hugh Jackman. Here’s a synopsis of the movie adaptation of the book:

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. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever. What unfolds are two stories, generations apart, but everlasting in their universal notion of love, hope and friendship.

The film is slated to hit theaters this summer on July 15, 2011.

British composer, Rachel Portman, best known for her film work (The Joy Luck Club, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat), was the first female composer to win an Oscar® in the category of Best Original Score (Emma) in 1996. She has previously worked with acclaimed directors such as Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Norman Jewison (Only You), Jonathan Demme (Beloved, Truth About Charlie, Manchurian Candidate), Robert Redford (Legend Of Bagger Vance), Mike Leigh (Life Is Sweet) as well as countless others. In 2010, she was honored at the BMI Film & TV Awards with the Richard Kirk Award, which is bestowed on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music, and she was the first woman composer to receive the honor.

I can't stop listen to this soundtrack. The sound of uncreasing love, memories and retention notes could touch your heart. You can not miss this soundtrack.

Track Listings
1. Lily Meets Snow Flower
2. The Letterbox
3. The Secret Fan
4. Dalang's Return
5. Bicycle
6. Forbidden To See
7. Nina Passes Note
8. Lily Leaves To Marry
9. Sophia Offers Comfort
10. Snowflower's Bad Fortune
11. Letters At The Airport
12. Exodus
13. Snow Flower's Tears
14. Nina Finds Manuscript
15. The Suit
16. I Cannot Be What You Wish
17. Snowflower Arrives Late
18. We Will be Laotong


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