In late-19th-century Shanghai, brothels are known as “flower houses.” A small and confined world unto themselves, the brothels offer an alternate universe for the well-to-do male clientele. But for the women who work within, the brothels are no fantasyland; they either succumb to this reality or fight against destiny.
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
Stars: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Hada Michiko, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Jack Kao, Michelle Reis, Vicky Wei, Rebecca Pan, Firebird Liu, Michiko Hada, Shuan Fang, Annie Shizuka Inoh. AKA Flowers of Shanghai
1998 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.