Flowers of Shanghai

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Les Fleurs de Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

(Hai shang hua)

by Hou Hsiao-hsien



Les Fleurs de Shanghai

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Script: Chu Tien-wen

Cinematography: Li Ping-pin

Editing : Liao Ching-song

Sound: Tu Duu-chih

Art Director: Hwang Wen-ying

Music: Yoshihiro Hanno

Cast: Tony Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Jack Kao, Wei Hsiaohui, Rebecca Pan Wan Ching

Production: 3H Films

ARP Distribution
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75 008 Paris
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Year: 1998

35 mm, Colour, 124 min
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

Cannes Film Festival 1998

In China, at the end of the nineteenth century Shanghai Flowers was the name given to the courtesans of the House of Flowers located in the area of the foreign concessions. Whore houses were forbidden to the Chinese elite and these luxury houses were the only places for rich merchants and high dignitaries. In the context of arranged marriages and submissive wives, they would go to these houses not for sheer sexual relationships, but to afford the supreme luxury of getting the expression of feelings and love. These special brothels were closed to the world outside and offered rites and ways established by women; they were another world to momentary escape the social pressure and oppressive constraints through opium, mahjong and love.

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