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  1. Barrett.'s rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    The run time of the cut I watched was 110 minutes. Is there 2 different cuts?

  2. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Rewatch - This is where Hou's minimal storytelling reached its peak. As the film takes places only in a few claustrophobic "puppet stage", its events are mostly disclosed in conversations, pushing Ozu's ellipsis technique beyond the border, constructing it like no others. Up there with A City of Sadness and The Puppetmaster if not better

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    L'admirable style de Hou Hsiao-Hsien tourne à vide dans cette splendide reconstitution glacée où les mouvements de caméra, aussi élégants soient-ils, ne parviennent pas à faire oublier le manque d'épaisseur de la structure dramatique et la froideur d'un regard quelquefois par trop esthétisant... www.cinefiches.com

  4. alphonse's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Flowers of Shanghai, another masterpiece amongst Hou Hsiao-Hsien's impressive cannon, is another delicte, sensitive and brilliantly structered piece of absolute art from the Taiwanese master. Yet again, Hsiao-Hsien pays a beautiful attention to detail, as every little element is magically constructed, from the stunning, yet claustrophobic cinematography (which serves the film perfectly) to narrative and sound.

  5. Diderot's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Probably the coldest film ever made entirely out of the warmest colors. Hou manages to create a very rich world in a simultaneously minimalist and extravagant style.

  6. Aditya Watts's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Favorite for the aesthetic alone. What visual delights! The movements of characters, choreography of extras. Camera moves poetically, melodically. Incredible innovation and mastery.

  7. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    One of the most beautiful and poetic films to come from Hou Hsiao-hsien, and that is saying a lot!

  8. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

  9. Kamran's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    A languid camera and lethargic fades circumscribe four episodic narratives within the atmosphere of a 19th century opium laden flower house (brothel). Soft spoken and elegant beyond measure. 97/100 - Masterful.

  10. Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    I think a film is great when you know that it can't be reproduce on any other art mediums. A difficult, but major achievement. Need seriously a blue-ray treatment, lol.

  11. A47's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Perhaps no other film deserves to be labeled "elegant" more than this. A film so formal, beautiful and simple that it is, at points, detremental to the drama. This issue stems from the dialogue being a bit too expositional, especially in the first act. This was to give weight to the mechanics of a rigorously ritualistic system, however the language that is used is a bit too direct. Excellent score and cinematography!

  12. waywardwaters's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

  13. Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    What did JRo say, "intractable"? About right, but beautiful.

  14. Victoria L.'s rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    It's slow-paced, kind of underlying feelings of melancholy and bittersweetness as passively as possible.

  15. Brendan's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    The master's most rigorous film, but its form is so well conceived that it becomes inseparable from the film's many thematic and cultural concerns.

  16. luciano.savoy's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    Minimalismo oriental/Cada escena un plano secuencia sutil y silencioso que devela únicamente lo necesario

  17. Leandro Schonfelder's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai

    This film almost demands to be seen in 35mm : the texture and light nuances play a major role and a digital transfer (at least on sd dvd) just don't seem to capture them. Looking forward for a blu-ray release...

  18. Justin Serulneck's rating of the film Flowers of Shanghai