Flower Drum Song
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Flower Drum Song
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… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though not one of Oscar and Hammerstein best works, this Oscar-nominated musical about culture clash merits a viewing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Enjoyable, old-fashioned stage-to-screen musical."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lesser of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals has some good songs, performances."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Somehow, they wreck Rogers and Hammerstein, although R&H didn't do all that well with the original musical."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
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