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Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K Restored Edition) (Taiwan Version) Blu-ray Region A

Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Hou Hsiao Hsien (Director) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Michelle Reis
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (4)

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Set in the opulent "flower house" brothels of 19th-century Shanghai, Flowers of Shanghai requires great patience even by Hou Hsiao Hsien's standards of languid pacing, but the reward is equally great. The liaisons of the courtesans and callers fade in and out in a mesmerizing haze of long, luscious shots and luminous cinematography: Wang (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) lingers between longtime lover Crimson (Michiko Hada) and new interest Jasmin (Vicky Wei), Emerald (Michelle Reis) schemes to buy her freedom, Pearl (Carina Lau) tutors a willful young flower.
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Product Title: Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K Restored Edition) (Taiwan Version) 海上花 (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K數碼修復) (台灣版) 海上花 (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K数码修复) (台湾版) 海上花 (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K數碼修復) (台灣版) Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (Blu-ray) (4K Restored Edition) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Michelle Reis | Jack Kao (Actor) | Hata Michiko (Actor) | Chu Tien Wen | Lee Ping Bin 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (Actor) | 李嘉欣 | 高捷 (Actor) | 羽田 美智子 (Actor) | 朱天文 | 李屏賓 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 刘嘉玲 (Actor) | 李嘉欣 | 高捷 (Actor) | 羽田 美智子 (Actor) | 朱天文 | 李屏宾 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  (Actor) | 李嘉欣 (ミッシェル・リー) | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) (Actor) | 羽田美智子 (Actor) | 朱天文 | 李屏賓(リー・ピンビン) 양조위 (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Michelle Reis | Jack Kao (Actor) | Hata Michiko (Actor) | Chu Tien Wen | Lee Ping Bin
Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) Hou Hsiao Hsien
Producer: Liao Qing Song 廖慶松 廖庆松 Liao Qing Song Liao Qing Song
Writer: Eileen Chang 張愛玲 张爱玲 張愛玲(アイリーン・チャン) Eileen Chang
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2020-04-14
Language: Shanghainese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Taiwan
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Welcome International Co., LTD (TW)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1089215637

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (4)

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July 26, 2021

This customer review refers to Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
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Poisonous hothouse flowers Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In creating 'Flowers of Shanghai', director Hou Hsiao Hsien made several interesting decisions. For example, the entire film consists of interior scenes, showing nothing but life within a 19th century Shanghai bordello. The cinematography shuns close-ups; every scene is shot in the middle-distance. Each scene is filmed in a subdued yellow light, the effect of which is to wash out vibrant colors.

All of these directorial choices create a claustrophobic closed-in world in which a stratified culture of madams, courtesans (the 'flowers'), flower proteges, and servants all live dependent upon the income which can be gleaned from their patrons. In such a world, gossip, cattiness, jealousies, and emotional wounds are inevitable, and loyalty and honesty become tradable commodities. One of the great strengths of director Hou's film is the manner in which it details this tawdry milieu.

At the center of the film lies the story of patron Wang (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) shifting his attentions from his longtime flower Crimson (Michiko Hata) to Jasmin (Vicky Wei), and the crisis this causes within the house. But this is an ensemble film, so this central theme simply brings the tensions underlying the film's several subplots to a head.

I should note one other directorial choice: Hou chose to focus on elements other than the essential commodity of life in these brothels; you will see no nudity, scantily clad women, or sex scenes in 'Flowers of Shanghai'. Hou provides nothing to titillate the audience, which keeps the focus on the true horrors of the wasted lives of these flowers and their patrons. Highly recommended for a mature audience.
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May 23, 2003

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beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Slow paced, and often very dimly lited with candles or lamps, Flowers is a personal and interesting film about the lives of flower girls and their patrons. With no close ups, one can hardly have the chance to feel for the characters. In fact, Tony Leung's character is probably the only one you can actually feel pathos for, because you are able to see two instances where the camera allows him to display his emotions clearly. One when he breaks the items in Crimson's room in anger and the second when he is about to leave Shanghai and when questioned about Crimson by her ex-maid, you can practically see him close to tears as his opium is being prepared. Artistic and with intricate costumes, this is a film you got to sit and watch at least twice to fully understand and appreciate.
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November 6, 2001

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The story ties together very well Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Though I need subtitle to understand part of the conversation, it has not discouraged me from watching the movie. I think it is a good movie and worth your time to watch. If you have time, take a look. =)
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August 21, 2001

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Slow Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
It is typical of Hou's speed. This one is much slower that othersr. The lanaguage (Shaihainese) is very difficult to follow as one has to consitantly refer to subtitles for accuracy and tracking the story lines which are. again, slow and unclear to say the least. No one is going to dispute Hou's artistical level in moving making. However, givethe audiance a break, please, let's try to understand what is going on in the dark rooms on the screen.
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