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Spring in a Small Town
Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town 1948


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People's Republic of China Director. Fei Mu

Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair – now restored – is a remarkable rediscovery. After eight years of marriage to Liyan – once rich but now sickly and almost suicidally apathetic following a long, ruinous war – Yuwen does little except deliver his daily medication. A surprise visit from Liyan’s friend Zhang re-energises the household, but also stirs up dangerously suppressed longings and resentments to the fore.

Fei Mu’s deft use of locations, dissolves and camera movements makes for a fraught, febrile mood of hesitant passion, entrapment and ennui; sophisticated cinematically and psychologically, the film eschews sentimentality for something far more beguiling.

Directed by

Fei Mu


Wei Wei

Yu Shi

Li Wei


Classics Romance


Chinese Cinema Mark Cousins Selects SIGHT & SOUND POLL


U Mild injury detail




People's Republic of China



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