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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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  (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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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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Has two endings. The first, a shorter one, is not well received in its China screenings. Zhang Yimou subsequently shot a longer ending after its China release for international distribution.See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bittersweet, 31 March 2002
Author: twob_ornot from Southern Illinois

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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