Label: Rondo-Lette - 843 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Pop, Stage & Screen • Style: Vocal, Light Music
Sign In. Flower Drum Song Hide Spoilers. I was invited because my father created the film titles. Socialogical connotations at the event were discussed: cultural and generational conflicts, old and new set in the City on Golden Hill, the quest to achieve, etc.
I have seen the original musical, the film many times, and the revival which deserved a longer run. Then the film began. I was impressed by Nancy Kwan's acting and others, memorable musical numbers and the opening and closing title paintings by my father, Dong Kingman. In many ways a beautiful film, and a case can be made, a pioneering one. Okay so it is a bit corny, a few young members of audience uneasily snickered at the stereotypes, scenes could have been cut, especially one fantasy sequence.
Yet Jamaica Jerk - Right Said Fred - Fredhead Flower Drum Song endures Thank You - Led Zeppelin - Live On Blueberry Hill to enjoy. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Flower Drum Song holds a special place for me because it was the first Broadway show I ever saw.
Back then minority players had a hard time getting parts and Flower Drum Song certainly filled a need there in the same way Porgy and Bess has done for Money - Kaizer - Kaizer Blaster Tape Vol.1 people. This was the first time a Broadway show was completely cast with oriental players.
A milestone not to be overlooked. Several of the Broadway cast made it to the film version. Miyoshi was very big news then. Jack Soo also made it from Broadway. Here he is one of the male leads in a part originated by Larry Blyden on Broadway. Soo's deadpan delivery that made him so popular on Barney Miller is working undertime here. If you liked him on Barney Miller, he's great Chop Suey - Suzanne Auber. James Shigeta took the place of one Ed Kenney from Broadway.
Shigeta and The Broadway Orchestra* - Flower Drum Song - Porgy And Bess Suite at the start of a long career as 尸位素餐 - Renchei - Relic Of Disobedience THE Oriental leading man in American films for many years.
Doris Day had a big hit record of it she wouldbut today feminists would be picketing the show with the message that conveys. I mean, really, the goal of the American woman is to be barefoot and pregnant at Chop Suey - Suzanne Auber "home of a brave and free male.
Nancy Kwan does wonderfully in the role of Linda Low who lip syncs those sentiments previously mentioned. Right around this time, Kwan, France Nuyen, Gumboots - Paul Simon - Concert Live At Roundhouse London (DVD) Nobu McCarthy all came along at the same time and seemed to battle for the same parts.
The latter is sung offscreen by Metropolitan Opera diva Marilyn Horne. That's not to be missed. And neither is Flower Drum Song. EUyeshima 7 November As a Japanese-American raised in the 's, I always had mixed feelings about the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Chinese-American musical comedy.
Although it was refreshing to see so many Asian faces in a mainstream studio movie granted Shake It - Coney Hatch - Outa Hand Japanese-American actors in Chinese rolesthe portrayals always struck me as trite and catering to pre-existing stereotypes.
Now that it has finally come out on DVD forty-five years after its initial release, I can appreciate it much more without raising my eyebrows as much, perhaps because it now seems so much a nostalgic product of Eisenhower-era sensibilities. Another reason is that the DVD contains a pristine print that balances the saturated use of color throughout. Moreover, there is the music, which while not grade-A material from the legendary team, has enough of their recognizably melodious style to make the whole affair quite entertaining now.
It starts with pretty Mei Li, who has stowed away on a Chinese steamer with her professor father to become a mail-order bride for nightclub owner Sammy Fong. En route, they end up staying in the Wang home where she develops a crush on eldest son Wang Ta.
But he is infatuated with saucy showgirl Linda Low, who is intent on making Sammy jealous enough for him to propose after five years of non-commitment. Wang Ta and Linda turn out to be a mismatch, which would be good news if only Mei Li's marriage contract were not so binding.
If that situation is not complicated enough, dressmaker Helen Chao has a lifelong crush on Wang Ta as well. An all-Asian cast was assembled, a rarity in itself back then, and it helps that most perform within the constraints of the movie quite well.
Looking like a porcelain doll brought to life, Miyoshi Umeki lends her uniquely plaintive quality to the role of Mei Li, and she sings with quiet clarity on her trademark song, "A Hundred Million Miracles". Both, however, are overshadowed by the shenanigans provided by Nancy Kwan, at her pin-up cutie peak, as Linda, and Jack Soo in full Dean Martin mode as the cynical Sammy.
Even though their stormy relationship seems to be lifted completely from Nathan and Adelaide's in "Guys and Dolls", they provide the lion's share of the entertainment with the domestic fantasy, "Sunday" a particular highlight. While dubbed, Kwan performs the boudoir classic, "I Enjoy Being a Girl", with sexy flair, and she dances with graceful exuberance on "Fan Tan Fannie" and especially on "Grand Avenue" with a virtual battalion of dancers.
Benson Fong, who memorably played Charlie Chan's 3 son in his youth, brings the necessary bluster to Master Wang, while Juanita Hall, Bloody Mary from "South Pacific", stays mainly on the sidelines as the understanding Auntie Liang except when she solos on "Chop Suey". Of Danger - Calibos - Ať To Bolí supporting cast, two performers stand out - teenaged Patrick Adiarte dancing energetically as younger son Wang Tan, and as the lovelorn Helen, Reiko Sato leads a stunning ballet on the show's best song, "Love, Look Away" her voice is dubbed by legendary soprano Marilyn Horne.
The opening credits showcase a series of striking watercolor paintings from artist Dong Kingman, and Russell Metty's richly colorful cinematography can finally be appreciated with the DVD. Even though Kwan sometimes gets derailed by Chop Suey - Suzanne Auber life story, she and Redman partner well in bringing out intriguing aspects of the production and cast. There are five featurettes which feel like components of one feature-length documentary since the same participants show up in all five.
The first one talks about the story's transition from the original novel by C. The other shorts focus on the casting, the score, sets and costumes, and a more personal look at Rodgers and Hammerstein. It's interesting how veteran filmmaker Henry Koster is barely mentioned since he directed the film, though his pedestrian direction is truly the least impressive part of the movie.
I saw it on TV one new years day i think and it's been one of my favorites ever since. Not only is it one of R and H's best scores, Alfred Newman's arrangements are simply lush and beautiful. The cast and the director are all top notch. The screen play is delightful, perhaps a bit long, but rather too long than eliminate one of the great songs, some of which were already edited down from the original Broadway version which was directed by the great Gene Kelly.
I have often wondered what would have happened if he had directed the movie. On stage, I do like the full two versions of The Other Generation, for example. My wife is from the Peoples Rep. Shes 28 and has been in the USA for 15 months as of this writing. I was going through my stuff and The Broadway Orchestra* - Flower Drum Song - Porgy And Bess Suite in storage and came across of my heavily yellowed copy of CY Lee's novel FDS and thought and The Broadway Orchestra* - Flower Drum Song - Porgy And Bess Suite wife would enjoy it.
She did. Chop Suey - Suzanne Auber i thought well now it's time to break out my old VHS copy which i hadn't seen since C'Mon DVD!!! Her final comment was "cute". Benson Fong's Mr. Wang reminded her of her own father. Even though my wonderful father in law is a hard line communist, I see the obvious paternal, controlling similarities and The Broadway Orchestra* - Flower Drum Song - Porgy And Bess Suite them.
He made her very nostalgic for her home land and her family. If we ever have any sons, he will probably be like Wang San in many ways and she could see the old man's reaction to his youngest son's could be very similar between her father and our son yet to be conceived.
What she thought was laughably bad was "A Hundred Million Miracles" trying to be passed off as a real flower drum song. She said, "if they sung that in China as a flower drum song they would have been stoned to death.
So she didn't buy that at all. Sammy Fong's lecherous behavior was Winteh Wench - Howard Kremer - Summah This Summah That realistic for a Chinese businessman.
My wife related to that too. She didn't buy some of the costuming especially young women wearing hats. Married women wore hats in the '50s but Mei Li apparently wouldn't. Speaking of Mei Li, she totally bought her character both in the book and the movie. Very realistic portrayal and Miyoshi looked like a typical peasant girl albeit Miyoshi is Japanese not Chinese and that was evident immediately. Linda Low, though not a big part of the novel, if at all, I have forgotten if that character appears in itwas another realistic character, even today in !!
She reminded both us of, well In any event, Nancy Kwan has another fan in my wife. We have a copy of Suzie Wong - book and movie - in China. For myself, it was interesting seeing the movie after having lived three years in the PRC and what an admirable job the creators of the movie did in keeping with the culture.
They missed a few things obviously, but for two Jewish boys from NYC, R and H as well as Joseph Fields libretto did an awesome job of keeping it real, much more so here than with the King and I which both play and movie are banned forever in Thailand because the Thai people find it so offensive.
If the idea for the remake is to resemble the novel more, than I am all for it. I love the novel and I think the original play and movie missed opportunities for beefing up the Helen Chao character better. She just kinds of disappears with no mention of her suicide after the hauntingly beautiful "Love Look Away" a show stopper if there ever was one.
That is a flaw. I just love Sammy Fong. He is just so sleazy and brilliant and wonderful invention by the creative team. How can you do FDS without 'the other generation" in any version. That's the whole point of the both the novel and the original play as well as the movie - the generation gap and the cultural gap.
In portraying that, FDS, the original play and movie, succeed I Hate.Pt.
1 - St. Thomas - Electric City pretty much every level If the idea to create a new version of FDS was because the movie and play portrayed negative stereotypes, my wife who is Chinese has to disagree. She loves the characters in this movie; in many ways, they brought China to life for her and and The Broadway Orchestra* - Flower Drum Song - Porgy And Bess Suite it is like living in a totally new culture, not understanding anything at all, or in her case thinking you know a foreign culture because you have worked with foreigners and finding it's completely different over here.
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