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Release Date:
31 December 2000 (China) See more »
Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Excellent, must see, unique. See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order)

Benshan Zhao ... Zhao

Jie Dong ... Wu Ying
Lifan Dong ... Stepmother
Biao Fu ... Little Fu

Xuejian Li ... Li
Qibin Leng ... Wu Ying's Stepbrother
Ben Niu ... Old Niu
Jinghua Gong ... Aunty Liu
Hongjie Zhang ... Lao Zhang
Bingkun Zhao ... Lao Bai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Honglei Sun ... Customer at 'Happy Times'

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yan Mo  novel "Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh"
Gai Zi 

Produced by
Yu Chen .... associate producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... supervising producer
Wenhua Ma .... line producer
Terrence Malick .... executive producer
Erin O'Rourke .... co-producer (International)
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer (International)
Lizhong Qiao .... associate producer
Wang Wei .... executive producer (International)
Qinglong Yang .... producer
Yuxi Yu .... associate producer
Weiping Zhang .... producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... supervising producer
Yu Zhao .... producer
Ping Zhou .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bao San 
Cinematography by
Yong Hou 
Film Editing by
Ru Zhai 
Art Direction by
Juiping Cao 
Set Decoration by
Ying Ma 
Costume Design by
Huamiao Tong 
Makeup Department
Bin Yuan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Xiaofeng Hu .... production manager
Zhenyan Zhang .... production manager
Gregory G. Woertz .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guonan Liu .... assistant director
Dong Xie .... assistant director
Wei Zhou .... assistant director
Art Department
Zhongquan Hu .... property master
Xin Ming Huang .... assistant art director
Luyi Liu .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Qing Li .... dialog editor
Qian Lin .... dialog editor
Yin Miao .... dialog editor
Dong Wang .... dialog editor
Bo Wen .... sound mixer
Lala Wu .... sound
Zhigang Zhang .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Xiaoyan Bai .... still photographer
Ting Fei .... assistant gaffer
Tianhui Ge .... key grip
Zhaohong Gu .... grip
Zhong Hu .... key grip
Wenrui Jia .... grip
Dongsheng Jiang .... assistant gaffer
Xiaotian Kang .... gaffer
Jiami Liu .... assistant camera
Min Wang .... camera operator
Fusen Xu .... assistant camera
Xiaoshun Xu .... grip
Chuncheng Zhao .... assistant camera
Xianhai Zheng .... assistant gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Xiaoxia Zhao .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Yanjuan Liu .... assistant editor
Wenjun Zhang .... assistant editor
Other crew
Li Guang .... script supervisor
Zhihua Hou .... assistant to director
Guang Li .... script supervisor
Mingna Liu .... finance
Brendan MacDevette .... office production assistant
Wei Xiao .... finance
Zhi Xiao .... assistant to director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xing fu shi guang" - China (original title)
"Happy Time" - International (English title)
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102 min | China:95 min
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Did You Know?

Director Zhang Yimou issued a casting call via the Internet for role of the blind girl. Eventual lead Dong Jie was selected from some 40,000 girls who auditioned for the role.See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, must see, unique., 19 June 2005
Author: afarr000 from United States

This is one of the most touching films I've ever seen. I actually don't think I can find the words in English to describe how wonderfully director Zhang Yimou seems to understand the finer points of human emotions. I was absolutely touched with Happy Times, and consequently sought out his work, "The Road Home", which I found was equally excellent.

I wanted to wait to write a review of this film until I felt I could compose something fitting, but realized for me, the comments must come from the heart. In short, I'd rather skip any attempt to summarize the film or intellectually categorize it into some literal form that doesn't really fit. It is slowly immersing into unselfish love for another, while relating a sense of light comedy. My recommendation is that you try to see it on IFC or one of the other Independent film channels when it's available.

On Golden Pond is the only American film I can think of that evokes the same level of emotion provoked by Zhang Yimou.

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