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Flower Drum Song (1961)

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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Chung ...
Woman
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Storyline

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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Most joyous hit lights up the screen! See more »


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Release Date:

9 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway cast album of "Flower Drum Song", issued in early 1959, was the first Broadway cast album of a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II show to be issued in stereo. (The stereo versions of the film soundtracks of "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", "The King and I", and "South Pacific", were all issued in 1958.) See more »

Goofs

At Wang Ta's graduation party, he and Mei-Ling ballroom dance as part of the Chop Suey number. But several scenes later, at the Celestial Gardens, he asks her to dance and she responds, "I don't know how, but I will walk around with you." 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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Connections

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Soundtracks

A Hundred Million Miracles
Performed by Miyoshi Umeki
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User Reviews

Fun film with lots of enjoyable songs
28 May 2001 | by (Sacramento CA) – See all my reviews

Many of the songs are very well done and enjoyable, especially Nancy Kwan's "I Enjoy Being a Girl." Yowza! All the actors are fabulous and the lines are a ball. Not only is it a love story but a great tale of modern vs. traditional values and absolutely suitable for all ages.


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