Rain Clouds over Wushan (Wushan Yunyu 巫山云雨, also known as In Expectation) was a key film in the Chinese avant-garde movement of the 1990s. This paper contends that the film’s use of symbolism, naturalism, and super-realism to indicate the omnipotence of desire in contemporary China, which actually works through the seduction of the logic of commodity exchange at the historical moment of early market economy in post-socialist China. A postmodern film with a modernist and realist facade, Rain Clouds demonstrates that postmodern culture in China is premised upon a post-socialist political-economic regime and its sensory machine.

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