Flower Drum Song

Flower Drum Song

Henry Koster (1961)

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Our Score
Interminable and grotesquely over-produced (by the king of "camp" glamour Ross Hunter) this screen version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway success about life in San Francisco's Chinatown was woefully patronising and under-directed by Henry Koster. On Broadway, the tale had charm and style but this overblown and overlong movie just lies there and dies there. However, there's some bracing dance numbers from veteran choreographer Hermes Pan and, mercifully, the endearing score has survived almost intact. Nominated in music and art direction categories at Oscar time, this lost out on everything - unsurprisingly - to West Side Story.


A Chinese illegal immigrant is sent to San Francisco to honour an arranged marriage to a debonair nightclub owner. However, her fiance is already in love with one of his cabaret entertainers, who in turn is romancing the son of a wealthy businessman. Adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical comedy, starring Miyoshi Umeki, James Shigeta, Jack Soo, Nancy Kwan and Juanita Hall.

Cast & Crew

Linda Low Nancy Kwan
Wang Ta James Shigeta
Mei Li Miyoshi Umeki
Auntie Juanita Hall
Sammy Fong Jack Soo
Wang Chi-Wang Benson Fong
Helen Chao Reiko Sato
Wang San Patrick Adiarte
Frankie Wing Victor Sen Yung
Director Henry Koster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD
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