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Happy Times (2000)

Xing fu shi guang (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Yan Mo (novel), Gai Zi
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Benshan Zhao ... Zhao
Jie Dong ... Wu Ying
Lifan Dong Lifan Dong ... Stepmother
Biao Fu ... Little Fu
Xuejian Li ... Li
Qibin Leng Qibin Leng ... Wu Ying's Stepbrother
Ben Niu Ben Niu ... Old Niu
Jinghua Gong Jinghua Gong ... Aunty Liu
Hongjie Zhang Hongjie Zhang ... Lao Zhang
Bingkun Zhao Bingkun Zhao ... Lao Bai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Honglei Sun ... Customer at 'Happy Times'
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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 »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: In the original China-released ending, Zhao is not involved in a car accident. He writes a letter as the girl's dad and reads it to her as the lights dim and the credits roll. This ending is available in certain DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Featured in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #9.156 (2002) See more »

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A beautiful little film
8 December 2002 | by dsulpySee all my reviews

It seems that most of the negative reviews that this film has gotten are based upon people's misconception that the film should be what THEY want it to be, not what it really is. The truth is, although there's certainly humor in the film, it's not a comedy - nor does it pretend to be a fairy tale, or a social expose, or a political statement. To me, it's a film about cruelty and compassion - both by human beings and by fate. I found it both life-affirming, and heartbreaking - often at the same time, and I thought the acting was excellent on everyone's part. To me, well worth seeing, and quite unique.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

31 December 2000 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,084, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$240,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,000
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Color
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