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Happy Times

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Original title
Xingfu shiguang
Running time
95 min.
China China
Zhang Yimou (Novel: Mo Yan)
Bao San
Yong Hou
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Guangxi Film Studios. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Producer: Terrence Malick
Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Disability
Synopsis / Plot
Zhao (Zhao Benshan), a retired man of humble means who doesnt want to be lonely anymore, proposes marriage to a fat lady (Dong Lihua) who he believes will be easily coaxed into loving him. But he quickly learns that this assumption is wrong when she demands a lavish wedding that will cost him 50,000 yuan. Scheming for a way to get the money, Zhao enlists his friend Li (Li Xuejian) to help him, and together they refurbish an old bus, calling it the Happy Times Hotel and charging admission for teenage lovers. Meanwhile, Zhaos fiancee reveals her strange family to him--a spoiled, mean-spirited son (Leng Qibin), and a helpless, blind stepdaughter, Wu (Dong Jie). When Zhao is asked to find Wu a job at his hotel, he becomes a surrogate father to her and their relationship takes over the second half of the movie. As they learn to trust and understand each other, they develop a sweet relationship that overrides Zhaos previously shady intentions.
2002: Valladolid Film Festival: 2 Awards including Silver Spike. 4 Nominations
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