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

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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
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Shui Chit Cheung
Firebird Liu
Yang Xie
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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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don't miss it if you're movie-loving
10 February 2002 | by (Nantes) – See all my reviews

This is something strange to explain; it's a very aesthetic film. It's certainly very slow for many people, but if you get in it, you lose track of time because it is so much fascinating. A strange sensation. A really beautiful film in all my heart. This is these sorts of films you love more and more when you watch them.

If you like cinema, don't miss it. You won't regret it.


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