Flowers of Shanghai - Hai shang hua

Hsiao-hsien Hou – Taiwan – 1998

CHF 19.90 / EUR 18.50

An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, jealousies, and tensions swirling around four late-nineteenth-century Shanghai «flower houses», where courtesans live confined to a gilded cage, ensconced in opulent splendor but forced to work to buy back their freedom. Among the regular clients is the taciturn Master Wang (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), whose relationship with his longtime mistress (Michiko Hada) is roiled by a perceived act of betrayal. Composed in a languorous procession of entrancing long takes, Flowers of Shanghai evokes a vanished world of decadence and cruelty, an insular universe where much of the dramatic action remains tantalizingly offscreen – even as its emotional fallout registers with quiet devastation.

«A distillation  of the lost world.» Timeout

dvd-edition 396
Restored version
Language OV taiwanese Subtitles deutsch, français
Length 113 min. Format PAL, 1:1.85 - 16/9 LB, colour Sound DD 5.1 Surround Age 16 Region code All regions

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