Flower Drum Song (1961)


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Nominated for several Academy Awards, this adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the journey of a young Hong Kong resident, Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki), as she journeys from her home to the United States to meet the man her family has arranged for her to marry. When her intended husband Sammy Fong (Jack Soo) turns out to be a shady character who is infatuated with another woman (Linda Low), Mei Li sets her sights on another man. This film includes a number of musical numbers … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Fields
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006
MCA Universal Home Video



as Linda Low

as Wang Ta

as Mei Li

as Auntie/Madame Liang

as Sammy Fong

as Wang Chi-Yang

as Helen Chao

as Dr. Li

as Frankie Wing

as Madame Fong

as Professor

as Headwaiter

as Dr. Chon

as Dr. Fong

as Policeman

as Holdup Man

as San's Girl Friend

as San's Girl Friend

as TV Heroine

as TV Sheriff

as Great White Hunter

as Mexican Girl

as Bank Manager

as Square Dance Caller

as Tradesman

as Tradesman
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Critic Reviews for Flower Drum Song

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Though not one of Oscar and Hammerstein best works, this Oscar-nominated musical about culture clash merits a viewing.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012

Lesser of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals has some good songs, performances.

July 13, 2007

Somehow, they wreck Rogers and Hammerstein, although R&H didn't do all that well with the original musical.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Enjoyable, old-fashioned stage-to-screen musical.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Flower Drum Song

Plenty of great songs. My favorite is probably "Love Look Away," and it's tough to beat the appeal of a young Nancy Kwan in her absolute prime. Amazing to see Miyoshi Umeki in a romantic lead as well. I will miss her.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

So, I found a Rogers & Hammerstein musical I hadn't seen...now I know why...just an ok musical. The story was good...a Chinese woman and her father come to San Francisco to marry her off, by the traditionally "arranged marriage" way. Mioshi Umeki, who was the first Asian to win an Oscar (for Sayonara) but I remember her mostly as Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie's Father series, was so cute and perfect as the little Chinese woman. I love musicals and I thought most of the musical numbers kinda sucked...that's what made this just ok for me...but it did have other aspects that kept my interest.

Robin P.

on the one hand, the music was incredibly weak and gave almost no enhancement to the story. on the other hand, the story was strong and interesting enough that it didn't really need musical enhancement. I guess I would describe this movie not as a good or bad musical, but as a light-hearted social dramedy where people randomly break into song. in that respect, it's a little unusual, but it's not too bad. R&H were definitely out of their element on this one.

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