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Flowers of Shanghai (Taiwan version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (4)

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Product Title: Flowers of Shanghai (Taiwan version) 海上花 (台灣版) 海上花 (台湾版) フラワーズ・オブ・シャンハイ Flowers of Shanghai (Taiwan version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Carina Lau | Michelle Reis | Hata Michiko | Jack Kao 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 | 李嘉欣 | 羽田 美智子 | 高捷 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 刘嘉玲 | 李嘉欣 | 羽田 美智子 | 高捷 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  | 李嘉欣 (ミッシェル・リー) | 羽田美智子 | 高捷(ジャック・カオ) 양조위 (Actor) | Carina Lau | Michelle Reis | Hata Michiko | Jack Kao
Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) Hou Hsiao Hsien
Release Date: 2005-08-05
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 113 (mins)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004049394

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*Sound Mix:Dolby Digital

導演:侯孝賢
Director:Hou Xiao Xien
演員:梁朝偉/羽田美智子/劉嘉玲/李喜欣
Cast:Leung Chiu Wai/Hata Michiko/Lau Ka Ling/Lee Ka Yan

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

Kevin Kennedy
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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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Anonymous

May 23, 2003

This customer review refers to FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI
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

This customer review refers to FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI
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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Anonymous

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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