Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The Story: Beginning in the 1930s and culminating in the present day, the film chronicles the trials and tribulations of six women over three generations.
The Buzz: The sextuple lead cast of beauties are spokeswomen for Shiseido’s Tsubaki (which is incidentally the Japanese name for the Camellia flower), a popular Japanese hair-care brand.
Creative director Takuya Onuki, who has also lent his artistic expertise to the Tsubaki ads, had reportedly been working on the concept of the film since late 2008.
inSing.com says: While the film mostly plays a bit too much like a high-budget, extended commercial (I won’t be surprised if snippets of the movie are sliced out to form individual television ads) it’s hard to ignore the lush visual cocktail of imagery in Flowers.
From the vintage vignettes of the 1930s and 1960s, to the edgy bustle of modern-day Tokyo and meticulous attention to costume and set design, every scene is postcard perfect.
The plot suffers a few lapses and could use a good boost in character developments (too many attractive women, so little screen time), but at the end of the day this is an unforgettable piece that emanates a quiet exuberance about life and love.