Spring Fever (2009 film)

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Spring Fever
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Directed by Lou Ye
Produced by Nai An
Sylvain Bursztejn
Lou Ye
Written by Mei Feng
Starring Qin Hao
Chen Sicheng
Tan Zhuo
Wu Wei
Jiang Jiaqi
Music by Peyman Yazdanian
Cinematography Zeng Jian
Edited by Robin Weng
Zeng Jian
Florence Bresson
Distributed by Le Pacte
Release dates
  • May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13) (Cannes)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin Chinese

Spring Fever (Chinese: 春風沉醉的夜晚; literally: "A Night Deeply Drunk on the Spring Breeze") is a 2009 Chinese film directed by Lou Ye. The production of the film is in defiance of a five-year ban on filmmaking imposed by China's State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT) for his previous film, Summer Palace.[1] Filmed in Nanjing, the film was described to be about a young threesome overcome with erotic longings.[2]

By the time of the film's premiere at the Cannes Festival on 13 May 2009, it was known that Lou had circumvented the five-year ban imposed upon him after Summer Palace by having Spring Fever registered as a Hong Kong/French co-production.[3]


China, 2007. Spring. The protagonist is a private investigator hired to spy on a man who is having an affair with another man. However, the investigator becomes entangled in a love triangle with the boyfriend of the man he's investigating and his own girlfriend.



In April 2009, it was announced that Spring Fever was to be shown in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] Little else was known about the film at the time, except that Lou was in the process of editing the film in Paris.[1] Like Summer Palace, Spring Fever was to be screened without government approval.[1]


An early review by industry watcher Variety, following Spring Fever's premiere in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, was critical of the film's "overlong" running-length of 116 minutes, and its overly "Euro tastes (and Western sensibilities)," especially when compared with Lou's breakout film Suzhou River.[3]

The film won the award for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for its writer Mei Feng.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Associated Press (2009-04-24). "Banned Chinese film at Cannes". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ McCarthy, Todd (2009-04-16). "Cannes taps heavy hitters". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b Elley, Derek (2009-05-13). "Spring Fever Review". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: Spring Fever". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  5. ^ Elley, Derek and John Hopewell (2009-04-23). "Cannes unveils lineup". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 

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