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Flowers of Shanghai

Foreign

Not Rated

Box Office: $0.0M

Format

Boxart Format Release Date
Cri br3252 Blu-ray Criterion Collection
UPC: 715515258814
05/18/2021 Not Available
Cri d3253d DVD Criterion Collection
UPC: 715515258913
05/18/2021

Release Dates

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On Blu-ray May 18 2021Now Available
On DVD May 18 2021Now Available

Product Details

PRINCIPAL CAST

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis, Carina Lau, Jack Kao, Rebecca Pan, Vicky Wei, Hsuan Fang, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Ming Hsu

DIRECTOR

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

WRITER

Eileen Chang, T'ien-wen Chu

SYNOPSIS

An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-nineteenth-century Shanghai “flower houses,” where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor but forced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a languorous procession of entrancing long takes, Flowers of Shanghai evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreen–even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.

GENRE

Foreign

RATING

Not Rated

RUN TIME

113 Minutes

STUDIO

Criterion Collection