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Hai shang hua (1998)

In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The men gather around tables of food, playing drinking games. An opium pipe is at hand. The women live within dark-paneled walls. The atmosphere is stifling, as if Chekhov was in China. The melancholy Wang is Crimson's patron; will he leave her for the younger Jasmin? Emerald schemes to buy her freedom, aided by patron Luo. Pearl, an aging flower, schools the willful Jade, who thinks she has a marriage agreement with young master Zhu. Is she dreaming? Women fade, or connive, or despair.

IMDB: 7.41 Likes

  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.02G
  • Resolution: 1280*694 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: chi 2.0  
  • Run Time: 113
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 
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  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 2

The Synopsis for Hai shang hua (1998) 720p

In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The men gather around tables of food, playing drinking games. An opium pipe is at hand. The women live within dark-paneled walls. The atmosphere is stifling, as if Chekhov was in China. The melancholy Wang is Crimson's patron; will he leave her for the younger Jasmin? Emerald schemes to buy her freedom, aided by patron Luo. Pearl, an aging flower, schools the willful Jade, who thinks she has a marriage agreement with young master Zhu. Is she dreaming? Women fade, or connive, or despair.


The Director and Players for Hai shang hua (1998) 720p

[Director]Hsiao-Hsien Hou
[Role:]Michiko Hada
[Role:]Michelle Reis
[Role:]Carina Lau
[Role:]Tony Chiu Wai Leung


The Reviews for Hai shang hua (1998) 720p


Glamorous and empty, just like its subjectsReviewed bykhsuVote: 6/10

I feel like the human spirit almost completely disappeared into the opium smoke in this one, and I think that's Hou's and screenwriter Chu's intention, telling of a kind of fin-de-siecle decadence that mirrored their feelings about Taiwan and the world in the late 90s. Pretty, but ultimately vacuous and bleak, riddled with decay and death, perverse on the inside. (The preceding 'Goodbye South, Goodbye' and succeeding 'Millenium Mambo' are in the same vein.) It's a somewhat one-sided and curmudgeonly lamentous philosophical view of things, though, in my opinion.

It's interesting the writer Eileen Chang originally translated Han Bangqing's novel from Wu into Mandarin because she was attracted precisely to the grand realism of the everyday human dynamics and stories in the book, to its profound warmth, especially in the foibles and failings of its characters. Here that's all but vanished, and we're left with a pretty surface, a scintillating exterior like a Faberge egg, with a void inside. Warmth in the film becomes stuffiness, smoke, suffocation, dark claustrophobic paranoia. It's cynical (but cynicism is simply the flipside of naivite), and I suspect it's more Chu's doing than Hou's. Hou's earlier films weren't like this; it's only when Chu became the sole writer (after co-writer Wu Nien-jen's departure after GSG) that Hou's movies became more and more self-gazing and decadent/indulgent.

Which makes me wonder, what would another director (eg Edward Yang) have done with the same material?

beautiful film--slow pace not a problemReviewed byrez-11Vote: 7/10

"Flowers of Shanhai" is a stunningly beautiful film, elegantly visualized and intriguingly scripted. It explores not only the conflicts between individuals, but also issues of gender and class, and the way in which the people in power find their lives eroding under the influence of opium, foreign currency, and the buying and selling of sexual favors and social influence. The intricate connections between older and younger businessmen, older and younger courtesans, masters, mistresses, and servants, and people of differing degrees of wealth and influence, are all examined as prostitutes try to buy their freedom, or find reasons for staying in the brothels even when someone wants to buy their freedom for them, and as both men and women fix themselves on paths to self-destruction.

Calling it too slow paced for a modern audience rather misses the point. Certainly there aren't many car chases or gunfights in it, and if one defines pace only in terms of physical action, it might be fair to call it slow. For audiences with an attention span of longer than 60 seconds and an interest in psychological action rather than physical action, it moves right along. In fact, I found myself having to rewind and view several scenes again because they developed too fast for me to follow as I took in the subtitles. I was very pleased at its lack of Hollywoodism. It's the kind of film "Age of Innocence" might have been if "Age of Innocence" had relied more on acting and less on posing in its cultivation of emotional intensity. In "Flowers of Shanhai," melodramatic action is depicted as a weakness displayed by characters, rather than being exploited as a way of sustaining the audience's interest in a character-based story in which the director has no confidence.

Fails in both art and entertainmentReviewed bymage121179Vote: 2/10

I was hopeful of this film, because I generally like period film dramas, and I thought an asian brothel might provide an interesting look at a new culture to me. However, the style and plot of this film made it unbearable to watch, and with each fade to black I prayed it wouldn't fade back in again.

The costumes and sets were beautiful, but the audience is not allowed a good enough look at them. With poor lighting and absolutely no close-ups, we are left with a vague impression of what the location and people look like. Another problem with the lack of close-ups is the inability to see the emotions of the characters. We hear a lot of crying, but that's about it. I felt no empathy for the characters, because I couldn't even get a picture of what they looked like, much less how they were feeling.

As for the pace of the movie, I don't think it goes anywhere. It has no plot, no driving force, and no interest in character or story. It's like someone just stuck a security camera in a brothel. How can you call that art or entertainment?

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