Flowers of Shanghai
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.