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Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  9 November 1961 (USA)
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Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Linda Low
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Wang Ta
Benson Fong ...
Wang Chi-Yang
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'Sammy' Fong
Juanita Hall ...
'Auntie' Liang
Reiko Sato ...
Helen Chao
Patrick Adiarte ...
Wang San
Kam Tong ...
Doctor Li
Victor Sen Yung ...
Frankie Wing
Soo Yong ...
Madame Ten Fong
Ching Wah Lee ...
Professor
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Headwaiter
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Mei Li
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Jane Chung ...
Woman
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Chinese stowaway Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives in San Francisco with her father to meet her fiancé, wealthy nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), in an arranged marriage, but the groom has his eye on his star singer Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). This film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is filled with memorable song-and-dance numbers showcasing the contrast between Mei Li's traditional family and her growing fascination with American culture. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Miyoshi Umeki was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Flower Drum Song" and recreated her role in the movie version. See more »

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When Wang Ta (James Shigeta) drinks from the cup during the wedding ceremony his lips do not touch the glass but still swallows as if he drank from the glass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tradesman: [in Chinese] What was that?
Tradesman: [in Chinese] I don't know. Must be my stomach.
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Featured in Hollywood Musicals of the 60's (2000) See more »

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The Other Generation
Performed by Benson Fong, Juanita Hall, Patrick Adiarte, Cherylene Lee,
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User Reviews

 
a feast for the eyes and ears
14 July 2000 | by (hollywood) – See all my reviews

This is film making the likes of which will never be seen again. It gives romance, comedy, drama and a fantastic Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Ross Hunter pulled out all the stops making this film a feast for the eyes with fabulous technicolor, brilliant costumes and the great Hermes Pan doing some of the most original choreography of his career. It's escapism at its best. Miyoshi Umeki gives a fresh and fantastic oscar worthy performance totally topping her oscar winning role in Sayonara. For some reason this film has always been overlooked and the score written off as forgettable maybe because it doesnt have a caucasian leading actor and the music isnt as instantly recognizable as The Sound Of Music. Of course you know its going to be a happy ending but you don't have any idea how the characters are going to overcome the obstacles. The music may take some people a closer listening but it is definately R&H in top form - from the ballads to the swing numbers - it's poetic clever and very melodic. This film like all big musicals is best seen on the big screen where it can be enjoyed as it was meant to be. It really is a secret gem.


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