Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Wayne Wang
Production: Fox Searchlight
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

on the same day.

Their feet bound on the same day.

At that moment,

their destinies tied forever.

Mama, when can I go out to play?

Lily, this is more important.

We must make your feet perfect so the

matchmaker can find you a good husband.

Madam, it is done.

Get up, walk.

Get up!


Mama, it hurts.

Ten circles of the room.

Snow Flower! What are you doing?

Come back! Walk!

Only through pain will you find beauty.

Only through suffering

will you find peace.

I wrap, I bind.

But you will have the reward.



Back, again.



These are the most perfect feet

I have ever seen.

These are true golden lilies.

I will be able to find her a good family.

But given your circumstances...

...we must make another match first.

I have found you a laotong.

Your sister in heart for life.

Her name is Snow Flower,

and she is from Tongkou.


A rich girl is too good for my daughter.

This is true. Her family is privileged.

Her grandfather was an imperial scholar.

But these girls

have compatible astrology signs... her mother does not mind

this class difference.

Can I meet her now?

Snow Flower?

Nu shu is a secret language

between women.

It is personal,

between you and your laotong.

That is why you learn it together.

So you will know what is in her heart.



- Correct?

- Yes.

The Temple of Gupo fair is a holy place.

We are here today in front of Gupo

to write your laotong contract.

And make your vows

of eternal commitment.

My hand opens to yours.

We of good affection...

...shall never sever our bond.

We will be laotong for all eternity.

Why can't you grow up?

Your mother's right.

You don't get these opportunities

every day.

You have to go to New York.

You shouldn't feel guilty.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 14 Apr. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.