Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) (2010)
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Portrays contemporary China as a seething hotbed of erotic curiosity and discontent.
So what do you do once the Chinese authorities forbid you from making movies for five years?
For long stretches of this tantalizing, romantic, aggravating film -- until just before its extremely satisfying ending, in fact -- I wished Lou had caught a little spring fever himself, cranked up the volume, and turned on the lights.
Its examination of identity and loneliness begins to feel like a soap opera season boiled down into one very long episode with too much happening.
I think there's meant to be a tender love story buried somewhere in all this remote melodrama, but none of the five major characters makes the slightest impression.
Audience Reviews for Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan)
I find this to be a terribly depressing film but it the idea can be universal for any homosexual in any part of the world.
Lou Ye, who has been forbidden to make a film by the Chinese Government for seven years because of his last film Summer palace, "illegally" makes this film to be what he should be and is - a filmmaker. This film is valuable in that way, although it is not as powerful as his other works (probably largely because of inconvenience of guerrilla shooting). This film would, and should, be compared with Kar-Wai Wang's "Happy Together," and I think "Spring Fever" is weaker than "Happy -" due to lack of center-focused powerful and attractive character(s) - in other words, too many main characters and unnecessary episodes. In fact, Lou Ye obviously has Kar-Wai Wang in his mind a lot in making this film (not only similarities to "Happy Together" but also "Wings of Desire" - the dancing man scene - and "Ashes of Times" - quotes of both actual sentences and style from traditional Chinese literature -), but overall, this film is too powerless and repetitious (in terms of style) to be a breakthrough for Ye, while "Chungking Express" was for Kar-Wai Wang (who was in danger of being hiatus as a filmmaker due to the financial failure of "Ashes of Times").
A haunting and beautifully observed portrait of forbidden romance about a woman who suspects her husband of adultery and hires a private investigator to follow him. When her husband is discovered in a relationship with another man, the private investigator finds himself drawn to the man he is having an affair with, and soon begins his own affair as a strange love triangle develops with him and his own girlfriend. Thoughtful and tender, "Spring Fever" deftly avoids melodrama in favor of an insightful and honest exploration of human relationships.
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