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Forgettable romantic comedy from a not-yet major director
22 June 2015 | by (.) – See all my reviews

Just like his first feature, Cute Girl, Hou Hsiao-hsien's second is another rom-com, made with pretty much the same cast and even in some of the same locations. While Cute Girl won't go down in cinema history as a great achievement in story-telling, at least it had conflicts, crises and resolutions, all pretty much in the right place. Cheerful Wind, from a script written by Hou himself, has very little of that, it just sort of rambles along with little to keep our interest. Hou also seems oblivious to what a selfish, narcissistic and nasty female character he has created: she pulls stunts that no human being with an ounce of empathy or a thimble of relationship-skills would ever dream of doing: not only does she juggle two boyfriends, not telling boyfriend 2 that she's leaving on a trip to Europe with boyfriend 1, when found out she asks boyfriend 2 to meet her at the airport, where she tells him, in front of boyfriend 1, that she'll be back for him and then steps on a plane with the other guy. In the real world that would get you summarily dumped by both boyfriends, yet Hou seems to want us to think she's charming. There's another word for what she is. It also begins with a c.


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