Flower Drum Song (1961)

  • January 7, 2023 | 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Henry Koster
Runtime: 131 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG

Full Synopsis

Flower Drum Song is the quintessential Asian American musical (not that the genre is very expansive) and features an almost entirely Asian American cast. With music by Rodgers and Hammerstein and adapted from their 1958 musical and C.Y. Lee’s 1957 novel of the same name, the film dives into the tension between tradition and modernity in San Francisco’s Chinatown. A young woman, Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) arrives to marry Sammy Fong (Jack Soo), a nightclub owner and lover of Linda Low (Nancy Kwan). Needless to say, things get messy, elders get involved, and a lot of singing and dancing (in Technicolor!) ensues.


This film is featured in the strand Chinatown Origin Myths, part of the Constellating Histories: Encountering Asian American Diasporas Onscreen programme. For the full programme lineup please click here.

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