Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Genre: Drama

Director: Wayne Wang

Stars: Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun

Rating: **1/2

Ambitiously structured but dramatically underwhelming, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan juxtaposes the stories of two intense female friendships taking place 200 years apart in China.

The opening sequences are promising, but unfortunately director Wayne Wang opts for soggy melodrama down the home stretch, undermining his excellent actors and the impressive production design.