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Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 28 March 1962 (Spain)
A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screenplay), C.Y. Lee (novel)
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nancy Kwan ... Linda Low
James Shigeta ... Wang Ta
Benson Fong ... Wang Chi-Yang
Jack Soo ... Sammy Fong
Juanita Hall ... Madame Liang
Reiko Sato ... Helen Chao
Patrick Adiarte ... Wang San
Kam Tong Kam Tong ... Doctor Li
Victor Sen Yung ... Frankie Wing
Soo Yong Soo Yong ... Madame Ten Fong
Ching Wah Lee Ching Wah Lee ... Professor
James Hong ... Headwaiter
Miyoshi Umeki ... Mei Li
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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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Broadway's Most Romantic Musical Comedy comes to the Screen!!! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

28 March 1962 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Of the four lead actors who are all portraying ethnic Chinese, only Nancy Kwan is Chinese, and is only part so (she is biracial). James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki and Jack Soo are all ethnic Japanese. 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

Featured in Faces of the East: Casting Flower Drum Song (2006) See more »

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Chop Suey
Performed by Juanita Hall, James Shigeta, and Chorus
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14 March 2005 | by kingcomSee all my reviews

The last time I saw Flower Drum Song on a big screen was at the Asian Pacific American Studies event at New York University, spurred on by David Henry Hwang's Broadway revival which received favorable reviews except for one paper. I was invited because my father created the film titles. Socialogical connotations at the event were discussed: cultural and generational conflicts, old and new set in the City on Golden Hill, the quest to achieve, etc. I have seen the original musical, the film many times, and the revival which deserved a longer run. Then the film began. I was impressed by Nancy Kwan's acting and others, memorable musical numbers and the opening and closing title paintings by my father, Dong Kingman. In many ways a beautiful film, and a case can be made, a pioneering one. Okay so it is a bit corny, a few young members of audience uneasily snickered at the stereotypes, scenes could have been cut, especially one fantasy sequence. Yet the Flower Drum Song endures and to enjoy. Rating is 7 1/2, plus half star more for dad.


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