Happy Times

2001, Comedy, 1h 35m

61 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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One of Zhang's smaller films, Happy Times is nevertheless moving and bittersweet. Read critic reviews

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Zhao (Benshan Zhao) is a poor, aging bachelor who hasn't had luck in love. Thinking 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 (Xuejian Li) 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.

Cast & Crew

Lifan Dong
Stepmother
Biao Fu
Little Fu
Qibin Leng
Wu Ying's Stepbrother
Ben Niu
Old Niu
Yan Mo
Writer
Yu Zhao
Producer
Ping Zhou
Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
Terrence Malick
Executive Producer
Yong Hou
Cinematographer
Zhai Ru
Film Editor
Juiping Cao
Art Direction
Huarniao Tong
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Happy Times

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for Happy Times

  • Jan 24, 2010
    Cute little film. I was glad to see it after mainly seeing "epics" coming out of China.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2009
    Magical. Quirky and very different to Yimou Zhangs other films.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2008
    Happy Times is set in present-day China, in a modern, unnamed city, exploring the many costs of modern times. The two central characters feel left behind in a rapidly changing Beijing, and when they try to catch up, they find love instead of the money they seek. The film never does choose between comedy and tragedy, and the final plot twist turns it into a failed fairy tale. With too many contrived characters and plot turns, Happy Times eventually seems weightless. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=happytimes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/happytimes.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2007
    Charming and sweet. An interesting film with a unique story and fun characters.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer

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