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Thank you! At the end of her life, Lady Lily Lu, the year-old matriarch of Tongkou village, sits down to write her final memoir—one that will be burned at her death. Using nu shu, a secret script designed and kept by women, Lily spends her final years recounting her training as a woman, her longing for love and the central friendship of her life. Born, in , into an ordinary farming family, Lily might not have ended up as a wealthy matriarch. Her earliest memories are of running through the fields outside with her cousin Beautiful Moon in the last days before her foot-binding.
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H ere is a very self-conscious attempt to bridge the US-China divide through the medium of glossy, handsomely mounted cinema. Lisa See's Chinese-American novel about a laotong relationship, "sworn sisters" in 19th-century imperial China, has been given a contemporary spin by the addition of a parallel gal-pal friendship in modern-day Shanghai, played out by the same actors. You have to say that the period scenes are much more effective and, indeed, plausible, than the ponderous stuff set in the present which, among other things, makes the mistake of largely being conducted in uncomfortably stilted English. Li Bingbing does pretty well as the born-poor-but-ambitous Lily, who contracts with rich but doomed Snow Flower Gianna Jun ; but the message of empowerment in the face of male strictures is rather too obviously pointed up, as is the gloopy, soft-focus conclusion. And for such a supposedly intense relationship, the lack of basic human chemistry between Li and Jun is all too noticeable.