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Happy Times (2001)

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Original title: Xingfu shiguang

Release Date
 USA: Jul 26, 2002
 UK: 27 Sep 2002

Official Website:
Happy Times Website

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country China

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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Other Titles
• Happy Times (2002)
• Xingfu shiguang
• Happy Time (2001)
• Happy Times Hotel (2002)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy

Plot: Happy Times, the second of Zhang Yimou's films set in a modern city, is a bittersweet comedy. Zhao (Zhao Benshan) is a poor, aging bachelor who hasn't had luck in love. Thunking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, he leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. Desperate for funds, he turns to his friends, who are weary of his fanciful schemes. Zhao's best friend (Li Xuejian) hatches the idea to raise the money by refurbishing an abandoned bus they will rent out by the hour -- the Happy Times Hotel -- to young couples starved for privacy. But this plan goes awry when Zhao is too old-fashioned to allow the couples to have the privacy they are looking for. No one will pay for the Happy Times Hotel if they can't shut the door.

While dining with his intended spouse, Zhao is introduced to her spoiled son (Ling Qubin) and blind stepdaughter Wu Ying (Dong Jie). The stepmother sees Wu as nothing but a burden to her and her son since she and her father divorced. Sad and lonely, Wu is interested in only one thing: the prospect of her father coming to take her to Shenzhen so she can have an operation to fix her eyes.

To be rid of Wu, the stepmother insists that Zhao take her to the Happy Times Hotel and give her a job. Zhao and Wu reluctantly

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 Directed by
Yimou Zhang
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 Written by
Yan Mo
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Benshan Zhao
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 Music By
Bao San
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