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Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

1998 / 125min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN

CAST: TONY LEUNG, MICHIKO HADA, MICHELLE REIS, CARINA LAU

WRITER - CHU T'IEN-WEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY - MARK LEE PING BIN
FILM EDITING - LIAO CHING-SONG
PRODUCTION DESIGN - HUANG WEN-YING

The camera seems to have a mind of its own, floating and drifting among the candlelit, opium-drenched dens of a Shanghai brothel in the late nineteenth century, surveying a quiet, expertly modulated, yet devastating drama as it unfolds among the various courtesans. This might be the greatest work by the exceptional Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien.