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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 »

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Credited cast:
... Zhao
... Wu Ying
Lifan Dong ... Stepmother
Biao Fu ... Little Fu
... Li
Qibin Leng ... Wu Ying's Stepbrother
Ben Niu ... Old Niu
Jinghua Gong ... Aunty Liu
Hongjie Zhang ... Lao Zhang
Bingkun Zhao ... Lao Bai
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... Customer at 'Happy Times'
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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

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31 December 2000 (China)  »

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$1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,084, 28 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$239,134, 10 November 2002
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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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short and simple
30 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

About a retired factory worker who plans to marry an overweight, unattractive lady, only to wind up taking care of her unwanted, blind but beautiful daughter. Zhao Benshao's performance as the cheapskate, retired bachelor is outstanding, while newcomer Jie Dong (WuYing) plays the blind girl to perfection.

Another unhappy ending by Zhang Yimou, but don't let that faze you by this funny, touching and inspiring movie. Hard to find another movie like this one. 8 out of 10.


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