Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua) (1998)
as Wang Lingsheng
as Golden Flower
as Zhu Shuren
Critic Reviews for Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua)
The film opens with a brilliant seven-minute take; the languid yet precise cinematography throughout gives it the seductive power of a drug-induced dream.
It's beautiful to look at, but you must have patience to enjoy it.
Flowers of Shanghai is a beautiful, tantalizingly oblique, and thoroughly hypnotic film, a work so sensual that one can nearly smell the perfume wafting from the screen.
Each scene of Flowers is like an exquisite and decorous mural, worth studying.
Audience Reviews for Flowers of Shanghai (Hai shang hua)
A gorgeous-looking film with a beautiful art direction and a camera that appears to glide through the sumptuous spaces and rooms of those four brothels in 38 stunning long takes, making it feel almost like a travel in time to the atmospheric Shanghai of the end of the 19th century.
Multiple viewings in a theater setting MIGHT get this more stars. ... could also induce suicide.
moving very slowly from one blackout scene to the next, beautifully shot in the candlelit rooms of various brothels of the 19th century, flowers of shanghai explores the intrigues of 'flower girls' or courtesans, sold as children into a life little better than slavery. there's alot of drinking, gambling and opium smoking and the film requires a good deal of patience. i probably need to watch it again as i felt as though i had smoked opium myself afterward
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