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Flowers of Shanghai - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
Plot Sypnosis:

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.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1998
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 113
Specs: NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM, supervised by director Hou Hsiao-hsien and director of photography Mark Lee Ping-bing
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.85:1
Audio Formats: Shanghainese: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles/Captions: English
Special Features: • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Jean Ma and a 2009 interview with Hou conducted by scholar Michael Berry