Flower drum song
|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 5 copies|
The only Rodgers and Hammerstein cinemadaptation to be produced by Universal Pictures, Flower Drum Song was, alas, also the only Rogers and Hammerstein film to lose money at the box office. It looks far better now than it did back in 1961, if only because of the paucity of musical films in the 1990s. Essentially a comedy about the culture clash between old-world Chinese and assimilated Chinese-Americans, the film begins when Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) and her grandfather (Kam Tong) smuggle themselves into San Francisco. It seems that Mei Li has arrived to honor an arranged marriage between herself and Runyonesque nightclub owner Sammy Fong (the incomparable Jack Soo). This might prove delicate, since Sammy is in love with flashy cabaret entertainer Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). Meanwhile, Linda is romancing Wang Ta (James Shigeta), the son of a wealthy Chinatown merchant (Benson Fong). Soon, however, Mei Li and Wang Ta have fallen in love.......It's a complex plot, to be sure, but comedy and music manage to predominate. The songs include "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (a tour de force for the special effects department, and for Nancy Kwan), "A Hundred Million Miracles," "The Other Generation," "Love Look Away," "I Am Going to Like It Here," "Don't Marry Me," "You Are Beautiful," "Grant Avenue" and "Chop Suey." Flower Drum Song is attractively produced and consummately acted; while no classic along the lines of King and I or Sound of Music, it deserves a second look. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Brides -- California -- San Francisco -- Drama.
Women immigrants -- California -- San Francisco -- Drama.
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Drama.
Romantic comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Universal City, CA :Universal Studios Home Entertainment,2006
|Edition||Special ed., widescreen.|
|Other Titles|| Flower drum song.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower drum song
Fields, Joseph A., 1895-1966.
Kwan, Nancy, 1939-
Hall, Juanita, 1901-1968.
Soo, Jack, 1917-1979.
Umeki, Miyoshi, 1929-2007.
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979.
Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960.
Newman, Alfred, 1901-1970.
Lee, C. Y., 1915-2018. Flower drum song.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Juanita Hall, Jack Soo, Benson Fong, Miyoshi Umeki.
Music, Richard Rodgers ; lyrics, Oscar Hammerstein II ; music supervised and conducted by Alfred Newman.
MPAA: Not rated.
In English with optional Spanish and French subtitles; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
At head of title: Rodgers & Hammerstein's.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1961.
Based on the novel by C.Y. Lee.
Special features include: A classic evolves : from print to stage to screen; Faces of the east : casting Flower drum song; The songs of Flower drum song; an all-access pass to the sets and costumes of Flower drum song; The legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein; feature commentary with Nancy Kwan and film historian Nick Redman.
DVD; dual layer; region 1; NTSC; anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0.
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.