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* BandOfBrothels: The courtesans.
* UsefulNotes/ChineseDialectsAndAccents: The characters speak in the local Shanghai dialect rather than standard Mandarin.
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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (海上花, ''Hǎishàng Huā'' literally "Flowers above the Sea", a wordplay on the name of Shanghai 上海) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (海上花, ''Hǎishàng Huā'' literally "Flowers above the Sea", a wordplay on the name of Shanghai 上海) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien Creator/HouHsiaoHsien, starring Creator/TonyLeung and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.


''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) (海上花, ''Hǎishàng Huā'' literally "Flowers above the Sea", a wordplay on the name of Shanghai 上海) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.


* HighClassCallGirl: The "flowers" aren't common prostitutes, but expensive courtesans catering to an exclusive clientele of rich and well-connected men.

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* HighClassCallGirl: The "flowers" aren't common prostitutes, but expensive courtesans catering to an exclusive clientele of rich and well-connected well connected men.


''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class high class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.
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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by Creator/HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.


* ChineseDialectsAndAccents: The characters speak in the local Shanghai dialect rather than standard Mandarin.

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* ChineseDialectsAndAccents: UsefulNotes/ChineseDialectsAndAccents: The characters speak in the local Shanghai dialect rather than standard Mandarin.


''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by HouHsiaoHsien Creator/HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.


''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of {{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of {{Shanghai}} UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

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''Flowers of Shanghai'' (上海花) is a Taiwanese movie directed by HouHsiaoHsien (who later made ''ThreeTimes'') and released in 1998. Adapted from a Chinese novel from the turn of the 20th century, it focuses on the lives of several "flowers" (i.e. [[HighClassCallGirl high-class courtesans]]) in the brothels of {{Shanghai}} in the late 19th century.

The movie is mostly non-narrative, consisting of a series of tableaus, with most of what little action takes place remaining off-screen. Similarly, while a fair bit of talking is done, the really important things are never spoken out loud.

The male patrons come to the flower houses for a good time, which involves eating, drinking, being pampered by attentionate courtesans, and of course sex. The girls, meanwhile, vie for their attention, and either attempt to become a given client's favorite in order to be taken up as a second wife, or save money to buy up their own contract. The world they all live in is one of illusion and manipulation.

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* BandOfBrothels: The courtesans.
* ChineseDialectsAndAccents: The characters speak in the local Shanghai dialect rather than standard Mandarin.
* FadeToBlack: Every scene systematically ends that way.
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* HighClassCallGirl: The "flowers" aren't common prostitutes, but expensive courtesans catering to an exclusive clientele of rich and well-connected men.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Averted. The courtesans are calculating and manipulative, and those who believe in "true love" are chastised by their peers for their gullibility.

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