Flower Drum Song Reviews
The movie is a bit confusing to me. On the on hand I can see C. Y. Lee's use of plot elements from China 1st golden age of films. I can image the a Zhou Xuan or a Lin Dai in the movie and not been completely out of place. On the other hand it seems to a bit mushy at trying to a more typical Hollywood type musical. (As Chinese film plots are almost always tragedies)
However, one I was shock at is that how conservative the older generation are portrayed in the film. As they equivalent in China, if they are immigrated "recently" are the hell rising May Forth generation that perpetrated Chinese novels and films in China during that period. I don't know if the social dynamics is true during this time, or the movie went over board on the young vs. old generation theme. Serious, character in Chinese novel and films* during this period (and before 60's) seems more "American" than even the second generation portrayed in the film. (*writings by Zhang Henshui, Eileen Chang, Qian Zhongshu and perhaps Chiung Yao early works)
btw, Flower Drum song/opera/drama happens to be the native stage play from my province. I can say, it sounds nothing like they do in the movie; you'll be thankful for it, well, most of you anyways.