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Flowers of Shanghai - Criterion Collection

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UPC: 715515258913
Product Condition: New
Formats: DVD
Complete Title: Flowers of Shanghai
Synopsis: 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.
Color: Color
Rating: Not Rated
Box Office: 0
Runtime: 113
Video Release Date: May 17, 2021
Cast: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis, Carina Lau, Jack Kao, Rebecca Pan, Vicky Wei, Hsuan Fang, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Ming Hsu
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Genre: Foreign
Studio: Criterion Collection
Original Release: 1998
Animated: Live-Action
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