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Jun Ji-hyun reveals “Snow Flower And The Secret Fan”

Actress Jun Ji-hyun turned down Rain’s “Fugitive” to experience the 19th Century! Her upcoming Hollywood movie “Snow Flower And The Secret Fan” is about a strong friendship between two Chinese women dealing with strict and unfair cultural rules placed on them. July 15th, 2011 is the premiere date and……Why is Ji-hyun apart of this?

After watching the trailer, I had flashbacks of many Asian themed movies Hollywood has released over the years. However, I think it is about time Asians rejected the stereotypical historical/warrior/fighting themed films.

Nonetheless, the fan is coming..will you be ready for the usual snow?

Sources:NTN  and Gamsitron (Youtube)


50 Comments on “Jun Ji-hyun reveals “Snow Flower And The Secret Fan””

  1. sarah says:

    But Koreans actors can’t complain about the historical/warrior/fighting themed stuff, since the only roles they get in Hollywood are playing Chinese and Japanese people. The latter usually involved in playing ninjas, or assassins, or both.

    • yup says:

      Amen to that.

    • Bottle says:

      They’re willingly play a japanese in a festival of hollywood propaganda… but they won’t let the word ‘UDON’ be said on the TV.

      …anyone else see a contradiction here? Just me?

      • 112 says:

        Exactly. And like a certain Korean boyband recently promoting in Japan, they’ll gladly take the japanese people’s money by selling them their talentless music but refuse to wear kimonos at a fashion show they were invited to.

        • debbie says:

          wasn’t the fashion show a Kimono fashion show too? Imagine it in the opposite situation. Koreans would go insane.

          • Cup says:

            Koreans will quite happily take Japanese people’s money and pimp their own culture which they are tragically taught to think is ‘superior’. But then when Japanese ask them to wear a Kimono to a Kimono show, they’re smashing the japaneses faces in it, screaming ‘Don’t do UDON, Don’t do UDON’.

            If I was japanese and promoting in korea I’d still wear their shyte looking hanbok even though I’d look a total tw@t in it, just because I’d like to think I’m not as petty small minded racial-purity obsessed idiots.

            It’s not very hard to step up and be a bigger man than a little korean man. Give me a kimono over a hanbok any day of the week.

  2. coliebolie says:

    wow i really wanna see this movie!! i love fan bing bing and jun jihyun.

  3. Bottle says:

    So… Rory, in your wisdom, you think Asians should all reject the asian warrior themes en masse… leaving the white, black, hispanic and jewish actor/actresses to play yellow face and do the roles?

    In a capitalist economy, people like to think that demand drives supply, so these movies aren’t going away, even if none of the asians want to be in them. I’m relatively sure the asians would then all protest about not getting into any movies. They’d probably then make a film about a lady in a hanbok which no one would watch.

  4. Jessica says:

    I read the book a few years ago, but I really don’t remember what happened!

    But I definitely can’t wait to see this.

  5. Kasey says:

    Can’t wait to see it. The preview is interesting..I am going to take my mom to see it.

  6. suzi q says:

    Aren’t there any talented Chinese actresses?
    Why is a Korean playing a Chinese?
    Didn’t like Joy Luck Club either. Thought it was boring.
    Will wait till it goes on DVD.

    • debbie says:

      It’s not about talent. It’s about Korean actresses trying to gain recognition in Hollywood by using China as a vessel. As I recall a lot of Chinese actresses rejected the role because it was too “stereotypical historical/warrior/fighting” themed.

    • kayla says:

      At least maybe Korea will actually allow this film to be screened in Korea since there’s a Korean in it. Making money off Korea. A rarity.

      • Cup says:

        I doubt that. It’s not about ‘the adorational magnificence of Korean culture and a celebration of Korean racial purity and the amazement of foreigners at their 100% natural and beautiful women’….

        … it’s about a culture called ‘chinese’ which they pretty much hate. The culture-saving limits will prevent this being shown.

      • bd2 says:

        Yeah, Hollywood films don’t ever make money in South Korea – please.

        And actually, foreign fare does a whole lot better in SKorea than it does in the US (where reading subs is seen as excruciating chore).

        Anyway, yay, for another Hollywood screen adaptation of a stereotypical “Asian” themed book.

    • Cup says:

      Chinese actresses have better things to do with their time, like acting in chinese films which are more challenging and give them better opportunities in china. It’s only relatively mediocre actresses like Jiang Ziyi and Jackie Chan who are desperate to go and live in USA who act in Hollywood propaganda.

      Basically, give a chinese the chance to act in some hollywood bilge, and they turn it down. Give a korean a chance, and they jump at the chance of going to their Mecca in LA.

      • bd2 says:

        Uhh, there are a heck of a lot more Chinese actresses (as well as Chinese actors) in this film (what a ridiculous statement).

        And yeah, Chinese actors really don’t do crappy Hollywood films or TV shows…(not!).

        Gong Li playing the stereotypical Asian female love interest in “Miami Vice”; not to mention other stereotypical characters in “Hannibal Rising” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

        Shu Qi playing the sterotypical Asian love interest in “The Transporter” w/ the stereotypical cold-hearted Chinese father to boot.

        Maggie Cheung shot a scene for “Inglourious Basterds” which ended up being cut.

        Bai Ling taking every stereotypical Asian female role she can get, which pales in comparison to her beyond embarrassing turn on the reality show “But Can They Sing?”

        And let’s not forget Joan Chen in a multitude of dreck like “Judge Dredd.”

        And that’s not counting all the Chinese actors doing wuxia (Jackie Chang, Jet Li, Donnie Yen), propogating the Asian and martial arts stereotype (not to mention, the short stereotype).

        And really, Chinese films (from the mainland) tend to be a bore, not to mention, being thinly veiled propaganda pieces, which is why they don’t get much interest outside of China.

        • steve says:

          China got recognition in Hollywood for the marital arts type films because that’s what set them apart. That stuff got popular in Hollywood cause it was different. Martial arts isn’t ASIAN stereotype. It’s Chinese stereotype. Don’t take credit for for something that isn’t Korean.

          Korea doesn’t really have anything that sets them apart- they spend too much time trying to be like Hollywood. Hollywood doesn’t need Americanized plots with Asians plasticized to look like Caucasian actors. They want something they don’t have. Sure, Japanese and Chinese get stereotyped roles, but Koreans get the suckest roles of all playing the stereotype roles even Japanese/Chinese don’t want. The new Red Dawn movie consists of mostly Korean actors pretending to play the Chinese soldiers. Usually playing Ninja or Assassins. If they do get other roles no one knows cause no one cares.

          • bd2 says:

            Yeah, b/c “Karate Kid” and films of the ilk are based on Chinese martial arts – sic.

            And please, Americans have been enamored w/ Asian martial arts flicks/comics way before wuxia films from China became popular – stuff like the animated series Hong Kong Phooey from the early 1970s.

            Uhh, as for the new Red Dawn film it’s about an invasion of NKorean soldiers (hence the actors being of Korean descent); they’re by the way, Korean-American and not Korean (big diff.).

            And sorry, Bai Ling, alone, has done more sucky roles in US film/TV than all the actors from Korea; setting back the image of Asian women in the US for decades to come.

            As for “plasticky”, you’d might like to rethink that. While the actresses noted for their beauty in Korea are natural, many of the biggest actresses in China have gone under the knife.

            And let’s not forget, the most well known Chinese star in the US, Jackie Chan, got his eyelids done.

            • mel says:

              Curious but which actress in China have gone under the knife? I know in China, if you’re caught going under the knife, you’re career is over. Which is why Fan Bing Bing had to take reporters to the hospital and allow a full check up on her to certify she was natural. People still say she’s plastic though, cause that’s how taboo potential plastic is in China because even maturity changes are targeted.

            • emma says:

              Jackie Chan did get his eyelids done, but that’s not what made him famous though was it?

              • Saucer says:

                What made him famous was making utter bilge like ‘the new Karate kid’ where an american child learns gongfu in a week and then beats the immoral sneering chinese gongfu expert and steals his woman, because all chinese women love moral americans.

                Urm … who goes to watch that horse-shyte? (americans)

            • sam says:

              The red dawn film was originally about Communist China invading though, they changed it half way due to inability to get Chinese actors since Koreans can’t speak Chinese well enough to pretend to be Chinese soldiers.

            • gena says:

              Ah…Bai Ling. last time I checked, Chinese people have disowned her. No one gives a damn about her. Can’t say the same for the over-hyped press Korea gives for their Korean actors that get even the lamest minor roles.

            • whoa says:

              I can count the no. of good looking “natural Korean actresses” on my fingers.

            • Saucer says:

              (the original) Karate kid is an american movie about American cultural, moral, sexual and skilled domination of their enemy (the japanese).

              The new karate kid is an american movie about American cultural, moral, sexual and skilled domination of their enemy (the japanese).

              Neither of these films have any bearing on the topic, and are just shameless propaganda to make americans feel like they can do anything in 2 weeks.

            • ginny says:

              @bd2, you accuse top Chinese actresses of having surgery. Which ones please?Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei, Xu Jinglei, and Zhou Xun are 4 actresses considered to be top in China. Also Li Bing Bing, Liu Yi Fei, Fan Bing Bing
              they’re all natural with proof and all classically trained in acting which is not much for what I can say with some of the “natural”Korean actresses who tend to get scouted for looks rather than talent.

              • Saucer says:

                I’d disagree about zhang ziyi, she’s not a great actress… just Zhang Yimou and his alleged ‘thing’ for her allegedly.

                Besides, most chinese actresses don’t need to have surgery because they look okay already.

                “When asked if she was ever tempted to go for plastic surgery – one of the things that Korea is famous for – Shu Qi laughingly replied: “My mum gave birth to such a perfect me! I really can’t think of anything that I would want to change!” ”

                Good for Shu Qi, eh.

          • Saucer says:

            That’s because no one wants to watch dross consisting of Koreans hanging about in hanbok lamenting about how korea never won a war and no one watches their movies.

        • elle says:

          Who cares about stereotype? Zhang Zi Yi, Gong Li, Jackie Chan etc, are considered A list actors in Hollywood, people actually know their names without being asianophiles. They can’t pick and chose all the time but they’re certainly doing better than their Korean counterparts.

          • bd2 says:

            “A list”? – Hardly.

            And gee, like Chan hadn’t been complaining about Hollywood limiting him to kung fu fare.

            • bd2 says:

              But that hasn’t stopped him taking the $$.

            • carrie says:

              stereotype or not, based on pay, the number of successful films they’ve been in, bankability and the international promotions they head, they’re still A- list in Hollywood. Jackie Chan can complain, but he can’t complain about his star on the hollywood walk of fame. No need to be bitter.

              • Saucer says:

                Can you folks stop calling them ‘Asian’ actors and actresses, they aren’t.. they are Chinese.

                Just because Koreans want to leech onto Chinese culture by appearing in Chinese-style american movies doesn’t mean they’re as good as Shu Qi (she’s hot)

        • Saucer says:

          To be fair, Shuqi is fantastic. I think she’s very pretty. Gongli looks good for her age too. Jet Li’s gongfu is pretty awesome.

          …..Jackie Chan hasn’t made a decent movie since he left golden harvest and moved to LA to be an american. Seriously, what the hell was the new Karate Kid about? American dominance of china? transparent?

  7. dsas says:

    jeon ji hyun isn’t as bad as i thought.. in speaking in english

  8. zoe says:

    It’s official Korea has the highest plastic rates in the world. asianplasticsurgeryguide(dot)com/news10-2/081003_south-korea-highest.html

  9. nicole says:

    No offense, but I don’t understand why jun ji hyun was cast. It just seems so weird.

  10. erica says:

    @bd2. as much I enjoy kpop/kdramas to an extent, I do think that Chinese movies and actors are more recognized and accepted in Hollywood as opposed to Korean ones. Yes, China made the martial arts stuff popular in Hollywood. Korea has yet to bring something uniquely their own which is why they have to resort to playing other people’s stereotypes. Japan has their ninja’s and Samurai, but Hollywood doesn’t hold that much interest in Korea, not unless it’s North Korea and they need actors to play commies.

    • Saucer says:

      That’s simply because korean films consist of the usual bilge of some lady sat in a hanbok lamenting about the season for kimchi or her joy of dokdo. They’re typically unwatchable dirge. To be fair though, Old Boy was pretty good..

      I really like chinese movies like ‘A world without thieves’.. but that’s just me.

  11. K says:

    I read the book. Hope the movie doesn’t disappoint.

  12. Nana says:

    Wow, who’s angry at who? Can’t we all be friends.

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  17. allison says:

    I checked the website, and besides 2 cities in Canada, I found no international release time schedule. Does anyone know if (and when!) this movie will come to Korea??

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