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Flower Drum Song - Special Edition (1961)

Nancy Kwan , Miyoshi Umeki , Henry Koster  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nancy Kwan, Miyoshi Umeki, James Shigeta
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1RFPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flower Drum Song - Special Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • A Classic Evolves: From Print to Stage to Screen
  • Facts 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 Actress Nancy Kwan and Film Historian Nick Redman

  • Editorial Reviews

    Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Music, this romantic comedy tells the story of a young Chinese girl who travels to the United States as part of an arranged marriage and discovers a new and modern world. Featuring an all-new digitally remastered picture, 5.1 Surround Sound, never-before-seen bonus materials, and timeless musical numbers such as "I Enjoy Being a Girl," Flower Drum Song is a lavish song and dance extravaganza.

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    138 of 139 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Actually, there must be 101 million miracles happening every day, because FLOWER DRUM SONG is finally being released on DVD.

    One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most joyful musical offerings, the story (based on C.Y. Lee's novel "The Flower Drum Song") concerns a winsome young Chinese girl called Mei Li (Miyoshi Umeki) who enters the United States illegally, in order to submit into an arranged marriage with San Francisco nightclub owner Sammy Fong (Jack Soo). Complications arise when Madame Liang (Juanita Hall) decides that Mei Li would instead be better-suited to her nephew Ta (James Shigeta), but he is infatuated with nightclub star Linda Low (Nancy Kwan), who is also Sammy's on-again, off-again girlfriend.

    This being one of the greatest Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, you can count on a satisfying conclusion with lovers matched and happy endings for all. The score for FLOWER DRUM SONG was one of the most accomplished written by the duo, with numbers running the gamut of emotion (Mei Li's pragmatic "A Hundred Million Miracles" and the simple, inward melody of "I Am Going to Like It Here"). The songs of Mei Li contrast very effectively with the knowing and brassy numbers of Linda Low ("I Enjoy Being a Girl" and "Fan Tan Fanny"). The plight of the Chinese-American is perfectly analysed in "The Other Generation", and in "Chop Suey", the number Madame Liang performs at the party celebrating her American citizenship.

    FLOWER DRUM SONG opened on Broadway in 1958, and ran for a very successful 600 performances. Miyoshi Umeki (who won an Academy Award for her touching performance as Katsumi Kelly in SAYONARA) thankfully got to reprise her Broadway role of Mei Li in the film, with Jack Soo, Juanita Hall and Patrick Adiarte the other main hold-overs from the stage cast.
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    56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Drum Song is R&H's most underrated musical... November 24, 1999
    By "mdl88"
    Format:VHS Tape
    Flower Drum Song is R&H's most underrated musical... not their best musical (that honor must go to "The King and I"), but a very enjoyable film for the whole family. Flower Drum Song is a lighthearted musical comedy set in San Francisco's Chinatown about old-fashioned Chinese and modern Chinese-Americans clashing over tradition and trying to find romance. It features Rodger's brassiest and jazziest score and the best choreography of any of their musicals. Some of the more memorable songs include: "I Enjoy Being a Girl" (with that famous three-way mirror scene), "Love Look Away", and "Don't Marry Me". In its "modern" language, hairstyles, costumes, and attitudes, the film also captures the look and feel, the optimism and exuberance of that early sixties/Kennedy era perfectly.
    Flower Drum Song was unusual not only because it featured an (almost) all-Asian cast, but also because it depicted Chinese-Americans as _Americans_: a Chinese-American businessman, college student, banker, policeman, standup comic, yes, even a Chinese-American showgirl. Although the characterizations are not very deep or serious, the film is a fine showcase for some early Hollywood Asian acting talent: Nancy Kwan is gorgeous and is great in all those dance numbers; Jack Soo has a hilarious deadpan humor; James Shigeta is a real heart-throb, and Miyoshi Umeki is as sweet as can be.
    Look for a brief cameo by Richard Rodgers during the "You be the Rock" number!
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    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves More Recognition March 15, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    Based on a novel by C.Y. Lee, FLOWER DRUM SONG was a hit show by Rogers and Hammerstein on Broadway in 1958. It was adapted for the screen by Joseph Fields and Oscar Hammerstein with Ross Hunter as producer and Henry Koster as director. The movie featured a mostly Asian cast with the notable exception of the very talented Juanita Hall who was famous for her role as Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC.
    The young Asian performers are Nancy Kwan, Myoshi Umeki, James Shigeta and Jack Soo. Because of the venerable Chinese custom of arranged marriages, it appears that Nancy Kwan, a nightclub dancer, may marry the youthful James Shigeta while the innocent Myoshi Umeki will end up in the arms of Jack Soo, a worldly nightclub owner. Can this tragedy possibly be avoided and everybody discover their own true loves? We finally learn the answer to this question about 133 minutes later.
    Don't miss Benson Fong who will be remembered as Tommy Chan in a few of the Charlie Chan films of the 1940's such as THE SHANGHAI COBRA. He appears here as James Shigeta's father.
    FLOWER DRUM SONG was overshadowed by WEST SIDE STORY in 1961 but it did still manage to receive Oscar nominations for Best Color Cinematography, Color Costume Design, Color Art Direction, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Sound.
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    38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXPLODES LIKE A STRING OF CHINESE FIRECRACKERS August 4, 2006
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    The Broadway show of "Flower Drum Song" was considered minor Rodgers and Hammerstein but when it hit Hollywood it exploded across the screen like a string of Chinese firecrackers. Lavish and lovingly mounted musical numbers were so tasty that choosing the tastiest was as daunting as standing in front of a display case at Godiva Chocolatiers. The story may seem to be feathery light but with colorful sets and costumes and the impeccable cast and the delightful score, the movie is eye and ear candy for all.

    Miyoshi Umeki as Mei-Li the mail order bride sings "A Hundred Million Miracles" and "I Am Going To Like It Here" winsomely and lovely but she proves she can be a cut-up when she plays the perfect foil to Jack Soo during the "Don't Marry Me" comic duet. Nancy Kwan as the gal with the heart of tin, although her voice is dubbed, is all perky and bright as she performs her big numbers "I Enjoy Being A Girl" "Fan Tan Fanny" "Grant Avenue" and the hilarious dream sequence with Jack Soo, "Sunday"

    Reiko Sato as Helen Chow whose secret crush is unaware of her feelings sings(dubbed) and dances the heartbreakingly beautiful "Love Look Away" and Ballet.

    There is also a comedy number called "Chop Suey" which details the varities and confusions of life in America for newly arrived immigrants and segues into a sort of Asian dosey-doe square dance.

    "Flower Drum Song" remains one of the best and most faithful transfers of Broadway to Hollywood and I give thanks to the "Gods" who were responsible for finally releasing this joyful gem on DVD.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars one of the all time great movies
    this movie is a wholesome movie that is good for the whole family. it will make you laugh and cry. I recommend it to everyone I meet
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie first time around and still do!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Drum Delight
    I saw this movie as a teenager on television in black and white and thought it was a rather mediocre movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Quitequiet
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love musicals.
    This one gets overlooked and it's a shame. I think the all Asian cast is great. Wonderful songs and dance numbers. It always makes me smile.
    Published 1 month ago by Silver Reagan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, even with dated story
    Okay, the basic story is dated, and it's a happily ever after story, but the acting is first rate (Jack Soo is marvelous and should have gotten an Oscar. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by N. Levi
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Classic Musicals
    You can't beat the older musicals where the songs make sense, the dancing is great, and the story has a happy ending. Nancy Kwan is terrific in this one. You'll enjoy it! We DO!
    Published 1 month ago by William R. Bates
    5.0 out of 5 stars Flower Drum Song
    I had never seen this film before. Enjoyed it! Love Rodgers and Hammerstein's music. 1960's film. A story of a Chinese girl who meets her husband.
    Published 1 month ago by Barbara L. Willcutt
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good one
    First saw this at Browns theatre grand opening for the movie in Los Angelos if I recall in 1962-3. As a teenager Nancy Kwan was hot but the musical scores have stuck with me all... Read more
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    S. McCoy ... Yes, this new DVD version of Flower Drum Song DOES contain closed captioning. I hope you'll purchase and enjoy this fabulous release.
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