Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

NR, 125 min. Directed by Hou Hsiou-Hsien. Starring Vicky Wei, Michelle Reis, Rebecca Pan, Tony Leung, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Shuan Fang, Michiko Hada, Jack Kao, Carina Lau.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Dec. 7, 2000

Hou's latest film (and his first not to be set in Taiwan) delves into the complicated sexual politics of late 19th-century Shanghai brothels. The power plays here swirl seductively around the madams who run the brothels, the gentlemen clients who run up tabs, and the ladies of the night, known as "flower girls," who truly run the show.

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