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Flowers of Shanghai

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Taiwan, Japan / 113 mins / PG13 – Smoking Scenes

Flowers of Shanghai

海上花

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Taiwan, Japan / 113 mins / PG13 – Smoking Scenes

SYNOPSIS

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien’s eponymous adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Flowers of Shanghai provides for a sumptuous and ornate peep into the lives of five courtesans who ply their trade in the pleasure quarters of Shanghai at the turn of the 19th century.

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With the romantic entanglements of five courtesans and their wealthy patrons are negotiations of the delicate balance between love and obsession. Comprising just 37 shots of long takes, Flowers of Shanghai is both a deeply poetic meditation on the nature of passion, power, and the artifice of transactional relationships, and a sensitive character study of five women and their bid for survival in a world that is only superficially beautiful.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

One of the most important figures in world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien is best known for his works A City of Sadness, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1989, and The Assassin, which won him the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. Flowers of Shanghai was an official selection at the 51st Cannes Film Festival.

CAST & INFORMATION

Year:

1998

Language(s):

Cantonese, Shanghainese

Producer:

Yang Teng-Kuei, Shozo Ichiyama

Cast:

Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Carina Lau, Annie Shizuka Inoh

Screenwriter:

Chu T’ien-wen

Contact Company:

Shochiku Co., Ltd

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SCREENING INFO

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