Rebel with a cause
IT TOOK a year-and-a-half for Singapore audiences to get to watch the art house flick Spring Fever. But we should consider ourselves lucky – Lou Ye’s fellow countrymen haven’t been able to see any of his films in a long time.
The 45-year-old Chinese director-writer is currently serving a five-year ban from shooting any movie in China following his 2006 film Summer Palace, a smoking-hot tale about two lovers in the midst of 1989’s Tiananmen Square protests.
Chinese authorities weren’t pleased about it, but that didn’t stop Lou from secretly filming again.
His follow-up, Spring Fever, was again screened at Cannes last year. And the R21 movie – a complicated, steamy yarn of relationships between and among a drag queen, a bookseller, his schoolteacher wife and a photographer hired by the wife to spy on her husband – even bagged Best Screenplay that year.