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In her latest study of contemporary Chinese cinema, which encompasses films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States, Chow (Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema) leaves behind theoretical avant-gardism and political correctness, instead delving into what she characterizes as "moderate sentimentalism." Chow sees moderate sentimentalism as an attitude of acceptance rather than one of explicit determination to reject and expel. Pictures such as Temptress Moonand Happy Togethermanifest the current trend to reflect joy and longing for a utopia existing only in the protagonists' imagination (as opposed to the traditional yearning to return home to family). Even protagonists who would have been disparaged in earlier films-the criminals, the disadvantaged, the handicapped-now receive more humane treatment, as seen in recent releases such as Blind Shaftand Happy Times. Chow's rich knowledge of Chinese films enables her to draw associations among myriad works, revealing details we might otherwise have missed. Because she looks beyond the casual interpretation of cultural phenomena, she captivates us with her challenging and refreshing arguments. Highly recommended for academic film collections.