Just after WW2, China lay shattered by the Japanese occupation, not yet in the grip of Mao’s communists. It’s in this limbo period that Fei Mu’s 1948 drama plays out. Tied to her gentle but sickly husband (Shi Yu), a woman (Wei Wei) lives a dejected life – until her childhood sweetheart shows up. Fei would only direct one more film, but this re-release is testament to his enduring talent.
Spring was suppressed under the Communists and long thought lost but, rediscovered in the ‘80s, it soon became rated one of the finest Chinese movies ever made, lauded for its utmost delicacy and subtlety.