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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
Cri d3253d DVD Criterion Collection
UPC: 715515258913
05/18/2021

Release Dates

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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