603 East Liberty Street
Director Hou Hsiao-hsien; 1998; 35mm; 113 minutes
Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles
A mesmerizing and seductive tale of sexual intrigue, Flowers of Shanghai takes place in the elegant brothels of late 19th century Shanghai. An insular world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior, the film traces the destinies of the beautiful "flower girls," whose lives depended on their ability to win, and hold, the affections of their wealthy callers.