Hsing-hui works as an assistant cameraperson for advertisement director Lo-zai, whom she has been keeping at arm’s length in the face of his romantic pursuit. In a chance encounter, Hsing-hui meets doctor Chin-tai; they fall in love and agree to see each other again after Chin-tai’s eye surgery. Meanwhile, Lo-zai has not given up his pursuit of Hsing-hui and plans to fulfill her dream of visiting Europe. Caught between dreams and love, Hsing-hui makes a very astonishing choice.
Cheerful Wind was produced by Chiung Yao, author of the original novel. Through scenes of everyday life, director HOU Hsiao-hsien effortlessly illustrates the interactions and inner feelings of the male and female leads. Despite adopting the form and style of a mainstream film, HOU employs a narrative approach that nonetheless offers a true reflection of the society of the time