- SKU: 7977772
- Release Date: 11/07/2006
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- 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
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
Cast & Crew
- Nancy Kwan - Linda Low
- James Shigeta - Wang Ta
- Juanita Hall - Auntie/Madame Liang
- Jack Soo - Sammy Fong
- Miyoshi Umeki - Mei Li