DVD: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (20th Century Fox)


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This shoddy melodrama draws tenuous parallels between two women in 19th-century China, and two more in present-day Hong Kong.

Hugh Jackman makes a bizarre cameo halfway through, presumably because he's a friend of the film's producer, one Wendi Deng Murdoch. With its faltering acting, risible dialogue, choppy structure and eye-straining lighting, it's a career low for its director, Wayne (The Joy Luck Club) Wang.