Flowers of Shanghai

Flowers of Shanghai

Movie: Flowers of Shanghai
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Produced by: 3H Films, Shochiku
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Hou Hsiao-hsien directed this Taiwanese-Japanese period drama set in the British section brothels of 19th-century Shanghai. Chu Tien-wen’s screenplay was adapted from Han Ziyun’s 1894 novel Haishang Huia Liezhuang, translated from the original dialect to Mandarin during the ’30s by Shanghai writer Eileen Chang. Around 1884, during the closing years of Imperial China, Crimson worries that she’s about to be dropped by civil servant Wang, since he’s spending so much time with Jasmin. Emotions escalate when word arrives that Wang will relocate to another post in the Canton province. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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