Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

A FILM BY: Hou Hsiao-hsien
WRITTEN BY: Eileen Chang (translation), T'ien-wen Chu
STARRING: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis

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An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gorgeous period reverie traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around a late 19th century Shanghai brothel, where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor yet 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 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.

In Cantonese with English subtitles

"An emotionally shattering masterpiece ... Flowers of Shanghai is one of the most sublimely beautiful films I've ever seen.” — LA Weekly
"One of the cinematic high points of the ‘90s." — The New York Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 1998
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Run Time: 113 mins