Da-Nian is a young man from Taipei. He goes to a remote village and works as a substitute teacher. He and Su-Yun, another teacher at the school, fall in love. There are several students in ... See full summary »
Ah-Ching and his friends have just finished school in their island fishing village, and now spend most of their time drinking and fighting. Three of them decide to go to the port city of ... See full summary »
Intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan began with Beiqing Chengshi (1989), this film reveals the story through three levels: a film within a film as ... See full summary »
A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone ... See full summary »
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Before Hou became known as one of the greatest living filmmakers, he paid his dues making a string of romantic musical star-vehicles for local Taiwanese pop-stars.
In this, his debut feature, a young girl decides, before entering into an arranged marriage to a guy she's never met, to visit her aunt in the countryside. There she meets a prospector and they fall in love, you can more or less guess the rest. What's remarkable about Cute Girl is that this generic rom-com may not feel like a Hou Hsiao-hsien film, it already looks like one. Not only does it contrasts urban life with a bucolic view of countryside, a theme that will reappear in many of his later works, he already favours long take tableaux over the more common continuity editing you would expect to see in a film like this. There are some intricately staged shots of groups of people moving through the frame that could fit right into Hou's later, more artistic films.
It's no masterpiece, it never was intended to be, but there are some laughs, some nice moments and it's light and breezy like the many pop-songs on the soundtrack.
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