A private eye is hired to spy on a man whose wife i convinced he is having an affair. Things quickly take an interesting turn, when the husband is revealed to have a male lover. And much to his own chagrin, the detective is himself dragged into the sordid love affair. Shot with a handheld camera in a style reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wai, SPRING FEVER is an absorbing drama that's sparse with the dialogue, but rich on intrigue, style and content.
LOU YE has on several occasions been targeted by Chinese authorities for what is, at least in a Chinese context, considered explicit and indecent films. He made his debut with WEI QING SHAO NU in 1994 followed by WEEKEND LOVER a year later. After having made SUHOU RIVER in 2000 he was banned by the authorities from making films for a period of two years. In 2003 he was back with PURPLE BUTTERFLY, before 2006s SUMMER PALACE insured him another ban – this time for five years. SPRING FEVER, his sixth feature film, was therefore financed by money from France and Hong Kong to avoid censorship.