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Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, Zhao leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. Zhao's best friend Li hatches the idea to raise the money by refurbishing an abandoned bus, which they will rent out by the hour--the Happy Times Hotel--to young couples starved for privacy. Unfortunately, this plan goes awry because Zhao is too old fashioned to allow the couples to leave the bus door closed. Meanwhile, Zhao's fiancee introduces him to her spoiled son and beautiful blind stepdaughter Wu Ying, whom she sees as a burden. To be rid of the girl, she insists that Zhao take her to the Happy Times Hotel and give her a job. Zhao reluctantly agrees, then creates a series of deceptions to keep the girl occupied, including setting her up as a masseuse and enlisting his friends to pretend to be her customers. Everything that is happening between Zhao and Wu is superficially about ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
This one's up to Zhang Yimou's usual standard, and like his other movies, revolves around an unfortunate female, in this case a young blind woman. Set in modern urban China, this movie often has a lighter touch than most of his others. Although the movie credits cite a story by Mo Yan, "Shifu, You'll do Anything for a Laugh" as the basis of the movie, the connection is highly tenuous, borrowing little more than the main character from that short story; namely, a middle-aged, laid-off factory worker, played by Zhao Benshan (best known to Chinese audiences as a comedic actor). The economic changes in modern China form the background to his relationship with the blind girl he finds himself thrown together with as he tries to court her step-mother.
I'd like to see someone pick this one up for distribution and given a better English title.
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