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 »
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 »
In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam), a courtesan in her prime, older servants, and maturing girls in training. The ... See full summary »
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai,
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 »
Forgettable romantic comedy from a not-yet major director
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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