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SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN (2011)

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SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN (2011)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 102

Release dates 04/11/2011

Ratings Info Contains one moderate sex scene and images of foot binding

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Wayne Wang

Cast includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Wong, Bingbing Li, Archie Kao

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 25/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN is a drama set in China. It revolves around the lifelong bond of friendship between two girls in 19th century Hunan Province and two of their descendants in present day Shanghai. The film was classified '12' for one moderate sex scene and images of foot binding.

The single sex scene takes place between a husband and his wife, when they are observed by a friend who is sleeping above them in the same hut. An overhead shot shows the man on top of his wife making some grunting sounds, and her responding with a few rhythmic moans, suggesting penetration. However, there is no further detail and no clear sight of nudity. The suggestion of sexual thrusting exceeds the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' but is permissible at '12A'/'12' where 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'. The film also features a scene in which an eleven year old girl is shown having her feet bound by her mother. This is accompanied by the sound of bones and muscles crunching, as well as the girl crying with pain. On two later occasions, blood is seen seeping through the girl's bandages, although no sight of injuries is shown. This emphasis on a painful cultural procedure and the indication of resultant bloody injuries exceeds the terms of the 'PG' Guidelines but is permissible at '12A'/'12' Guidelines where the Guidelines state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail'.

The film also contains one image of an old man who was an opium addict. He is seen in a stupour, holding a pipe. There are also some scenes showing dead Typhoid victims being carried out of homes and one lying in the open with some bloody matter beneath him. These scenes take place within a historical context and are presented as the harsh realities of life in that period.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk'

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Details

Title
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN
Year
2011
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.,20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
19/03/2012
Main language
English
Other languages
Chinese
BBFC reference
AZF284364

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