Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Taipei, Taiwan: Yuan-Liou chuban gongsi [Yuan-Liou Publishing Co., Ltd.], 2001.
This is the Chinese translation of Rey Chow’s famed book on contemporary Chinese cinema and culture, Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Columbia Univ. Press, 1995). Situating modern Chinese film within the broader context of Chinese history and culture, this study argues that the cinema in China belongs to a firm tradition of visual arts that has for many years been suppressed. It analyzes the emotional response to social, political and economic deprivations.
“A rich and powerful work that provides both a dazzling synthesis of contemporary cultural theory and at the same time an exemplary critique of Chinese cinema. It is a book to be read and re-read and is thus highly recommended because it is more than a film book. It engages directly with the problems Chinese culture faces in a changing world.” — China Information