Rey Chow's new book is a significant addition to the fledgling field of Chinese film studies. This monograph articulates a distinct approach amid of a plurality of methods and voices in the field.

Sentimental Fabulations examines films from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora during the 1990s and the early twenty-first century. It offers an in-depth focus on about a dozen films by such leading directors as Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou, Ann Hui, Peter Chan, Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Li Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang. The nine chapters of the book are divided into three parts: (1) “Remembrance of Things Past,” (2) “Migrants' Lore, Women's Options,” and (3) “Picturing the Life to Come.” The introduction and the postscript summarize the main points of the book.

As a way to clarify and defend her kind of theoretical approach, Chow dismisses other types of film scholarship at the outset....

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