Flowers of Shanghai (The Criterion Collection DVD)

Criterion   (1998) / Region 1
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Flowers of Shanghai (The Criterion Collection DVD)

An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-nineteenth-century Shanghai flower houses, where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor but f-rced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a languorous procession of entrancing long takes, Flowers of Shanghai evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreeneven as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 05 2021
  • Production Year 1998
  • Empire SKU 3139724
  • UPC Code 715515258913
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English

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Interactive Menus
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New introduction by critic Tony Rayns
Beautified Realism, a new documentary by Daniel Raim and Eugene Suen on the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Lee, producer and editor Liao Ching-sung, production designer Hwarng Wern-ying, and sound recordist Tu
Excerpts from a 2015 interview with Hou, recorded as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oral History Projects
An essay by film scholar Jean Ma and a 2009 interview with Hou conducted by scholar Michael Berry

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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