Flowers of Shanghai (Blu-ray)
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Flowers of Shanghai (Blu-ray)

   Blu-ray

$53.98 $37.79

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18 May 2021

 

 

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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
Year: 1998
Format: Blu-ray
Genre: Drama
Cast: Michiko Hada, Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Original Language: Cantonese, Shanghainese
Subtitle Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 18 May 2021
Runtime (minutes): 113

Description

FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI Trailer

Available now on DVD and Blu-ray at unobstructedview.com!An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an o…

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 forced 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 offscreen—even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Hou Hsiao-hsien and director of photography Mark Lee Ping-bing
• 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 Huang Wen-ying, and sound recordist Tu Duu-chih
• Excerpts from a 2015 interview with Hou, recorded for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oral History Project
• Trailer
• English subtitle translation by Rayns
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Jean Ma and a 2009 interview with Hou conducted by scholar Michael Berry

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