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Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
"Hai shang hua" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 October 1998 (Japan)
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Shanghai, the 1880s, four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (the madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The men gather around ... See full summary »

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Wang
Michiko Hada ...
Crimson
Michelle Reis ...
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Jack Kao ...
Luo
Rebecca Pan ...
Huang
Vicky Wei ...
Jasmin
Hsuan Fang ...
Jade
Annie Shizuka Inoh ...
Golden Flower
Ming Hsu ...
Tao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine A. Blankstein ...
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Shui Chit Cheung
Hui-ni Hsu ...
Shu-Fang's sister
Firebird Liu
Yue Wang
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Shanghai, the 1880s, four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (the madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The men gather around tables of food, playing drinking games. An opium pipe is at hand. The women live within dark-paneled walls. The atmosphere is stifling, as if Chekov was in China. The melancholy Wang is Crimson's patron; will he leave her for the younger Jasmin? Emerald schemes to buy her freedom, aided by Luo, a patron. Pearl, an aging flower, schools the willful Jade, who thinks she has a marriage agreement with young master Zhu. Is she dreaming? Women fade, or connive, or despair. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fascinating and hyponitic
3 August 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is a film for patient and serious film-lovers. From the first scene, one face takes almost complete possession of the screen - that of Tony Leung. There he is, a silent member of a group of drinking men, and just try to take your eyes off him. Throughout the entire film, he dominates, but that is exactly right for this tale of obsessive love in a 'house of flowers'. A totally fascinating film.


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