Director and Cast
|Wayne Wang (Born in 1947), Chinese-American director. |
Representative Works: The Joy Luck Club(1993), World Trade Center(2006), Last Holiday(2006).
|Lee Bingbing (Born in 1976), Chinese actress.|
Representative Works: The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (2009), Detective Dee (2010).
|Jeon Ji-hyun (Gianna Jun in English, born in 1981), South Korean actress.|
Representative Works: II Mare (2000), My Sassy Girl (2001), A Man Who was Superman (2008).
Producer Wendi Deng Murdoch
|Wendi Deng Murdoch (Born in 1968), Chinese-born American businesswoman and wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
About the Film & Nushu
The film is based on a same-titled book by novelist, Lisa See, in 2005. Set in 19th century China, the film depicts a lifetime friendship between two women who developed their own secret code as a way to communicate in a reclusive life under rigid cultural norms.
The words nu shu literally means "Woman's Writing" in Chinese. As the name implies, Nushu is a writing system created and used exclusively by women in a remote part of China. Traditional Chinese culture is male-centered and forbids girls from any kind of formal education, so Nushu was developed in secrecy over hundred of years in the Jiangyong county of Hunan province.
Some Nushu characters are taken from Chinese, while others appear to be invented, but all are rendered in a style much more cursive than written Chinese. In addition, the characters are "thinner" than Chinese characters, which tends to be square-shaped. Also, like Chinese, Nushu is written from top to bottom in columns, and the columns are written from right to left.