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Program Title: Happy Times
EASC Code: CH-12
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Movie & TV Drama
Subject: Feature
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD
Director: Zhang Yimou
Producer: Zhang Yimou
Release Date: 2002
Running Time: 106 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: From the director of "Raise the Red Lantern" and "The Road Home", Happy Times is a charming, heartwarming comedy about the complex dynamics of relationships and the hysterical complexities inherent in making them work.
In an attempt to impress a portly divorcee that has caught his eye, an unemployed factory worker poses as the wealthy manager of a non existent hotel. Hoping that his fabricated success will lead to holy matrimony, he instead finds himself the guardian of the woman's blind step-daughter. Now, as the lies get more difficult to sustain, the sweet young blind girl and the crazy middled-age man find themselves forming an emotional friendship that is as touching as it is unlikely.
Data Entry Date: 3/11/2004