Flower Drum Song

Flower Drum Song

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Director: Henry Koster

Cast: Henry Koster, Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Juanita Hall

     
 

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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 betweenSee more details below

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The weakest of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musicals to be adapted for the screen, Flower Drum Song is noteworthy for its use of Asian characters and actors of Asian descent. Unfortunately, those characters are not given a great deal of depth -- or, more precisely, the attempts at giving them depth are entirely too shallow. Neither the characters nor the theme -- old ways vs. new ways -- are really delved into, with the result that the entire enterprise comes across as rather plastic and artificial. In such circumstances, an exceptionally strong score is required to make up for the deficiencies in the script. Song has a number of first rate songs, such as the haunting "Love Look Away" and the charming "I Am Going to Like It Here," which contains one of Hammerstein's most interestingly constructed lyrics, as well as the "guilty pleasure" of "I Enjoy Being a Girl." However, these are offset by the likes of the embarrassing "Chop Suey" and the hokey "The Other Generation." On the plus side, the cast is strong, with Myoshi Umeki absolutely endearing and enchanting, Linda Kwan sexy and saucy, Jack Soo nonchalantly amusing, and Patrick Adiarte provides some dazzling dance moves. "I Enjoy Being a Girl" is given the most effective production, and "Sunday" the most entertainingly bizarre. The "Love Look Away" ballet is impressive, but it ultimately is a tremendous amount of time wasted on a secondary character. Far from a classic, Song is still entertaining, especially for aficionados of the musical film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0025192419027
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
991

Special Features

A classic evolves: From print to stage to screen - Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein adapt the best-selling novel into a theatrical hit and a Hollywood classic; Faces of the east: Casting Flower Drum Song - learn how the film was one of Hollywood's first to cast Asian actors as strong Chinese characters who achieve success and happiness; The songs of Flower Drum Song - from the unforgettable "I Enjoy Being a Girl" to the east-meets-west classic "Chop Suey," experience the wonder of these dazzling musical numbers.; An all-access pass to the sets and costumes of Flower Drum Song; The legacy of Rodgers and Hammerstein; Feature commentary with actress Nancy Kwan and film historian Nick Redman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nancy Kwan Linda Low
James Shigeta Wang Ta
Juanita Hall Auntie/Madame Liang
Jack Soo Sammy Fong
Miyoshi Umeki Mei Li
Benson Fong Wang Chi-Yang
Reiko Sato Helen Chao
Patrick Adiarte Wang San
Kam Tong Dr. Li
Victor Sen Yung Frankie Wing
Soo Yong Madame Fong
James Hong Headwaiter
Spencer Chan Dr. Chou
Arthur Song Dr. Fong
Weaver Levy Policeman
Herman Rudin Holdup Man
Cherylene Lee Sons Girl Friend
Virginia Lee San's Girlfiiend
Jon Fong Square Dance Caller
Virginia Grey TV Heroine
Robert Kino Bank Manager
Frank Kumagai Tradesmen
Laurette Luez Mexican Girl
Ward Ramsey Great White Hunter
Paul Sorenson TV Sheriff
Beal Wong Tailor
Ching Wah Lee Professor
Beulah Quo Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Alexander Golitzen Production Designer
Miton Carruth Editor
Ken Darby Score Composer
Joseph Fields Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hermes Pan Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flower Drum Song
1. Main Titles [3:59]
2. "A Hundred Million Miracles" [9:22]
3. "Fan Tan Fannie" [5:58]
4. "The Other Generation" [7:53]
5. "A Hundred Million Miracles (Reprise)" [6:11]
6. "I Enjoy Being a Girl" [7:50]
7. "I Am Going to Like It Here" [8:40]
8. Outspoken [5:10]
9. "Chop Suey" [6:52]
10. "You Be the Rock" [7:40]
11. "Grant Avenue" [6:08]
12. "Gliding Through My Memoree" [8:20]
13. "Love Look Away" [9:52]
14. "You Are Beautiful" [7:50]
15. "Sunday" [9:20]
16. "Don't Marry Me" [9:02]
17. Sealed With a Kiss [6:39]
18. "A Hundred Million Miracles (Reprise)/Finale" [4:05]

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