Rent Flowers of Shanghai (1998)

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1h 53min
Rent Flowers of Shanghai (aka Hai shang hua) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Hsuan Fang, , , , , Simon Chang, Tony Chang, Shui Chit Cheung, Wei-kuo Chiang, Hui-ni Hsu, , Yu-Hang Lee, Yu-han Lin
Directors:
Producers:
Teng-Kuei Yang, Shôzô Ichiyama
Writers:
Eileen Chang, T'ien-wen Chu, Bangqing Han
Aka:
Hai shang hua
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
Cantonese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/06/2021
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
Cantonese DTS 5.1, Shanghainese DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New introduction by critic Tony Rayns
  • Beautified Realism, a new documentary by Daniel Raim and Eugene Suen on the making of the film, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Lee, producer and editor Liao Ching-sung, production designer Hwarng Wern-ying, and sound recordist Tu Duu-chih
  • Excerpts from a 2015 interview with Hou, recorded as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oral History Projects
  • Trailer

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