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Flowers of Shanghai

Opens on March 13

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Run Time: 113 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1998 Language: Chinese

Starring: Carina Lau, Jack Kao, Michelle Reis, Michiko Hada, Rebecca Pan, Tony Leung Chiu-wai

An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s gorgeous period reverie traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around a late 19th century Shanghai brothel, where the courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor yet forced to work to buy back their freedom. Composed in a 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 offscreen—even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation. – Janus Films

In Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles

“[An] emotionally shattering masterpiece… FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI is one of the most sublimely beautiful films I’ve ever seen, and one of the most unbearably sad.” – Manohla Dargis, LA Weekly


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