AFS: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'Flowers of Shanghai' in 35mm

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Presented by Austin Film Society at AFS Cinema, Austin TX

Sep 22
AFS: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'Flowers of Shanghai' in 35mm

Tony Leung Chiu-wai (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE) stars as a Cantonese civil servant and devoted patron of “flower houses”—

the upscale brothels of late 19th-century Shanghai. His affections drift from the possessive, world-weary Crimson (Hada Michiko) to her younger rival Jasmin (Vicky Wei), while the plot branches out to the goings-on at two other houses. Pushing his long-take aesthetic to stunning extremes, Hou Hsiao-hsien uses just 37 shots to envelop viewers in a cloistered, candlelit world gone by, creating one of the most achingly beautiful films ever made.
35mm collection print courtesy of the UCLA Film
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