Happy Times (2002)

Happy Times
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 46mins.
Genres Adaptation, Comedy, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Liu Yanjuan Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000002
Zhai Ru Editor n/a 172 7000001
San Bao Music n/a 120781 8000001
San Bao Music Conductor n/a 120818 8000002
Asian Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra Performer Orchestra 120819 8000003
Sun Yieping Camera Assistant n/a 120867 6000003
Wang Min Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Chen Yu Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000007
Li Guang Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000006
Qiao Lizhong Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000008
Yu Yuxi Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000009
Hou Yong Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Huang Lijie Soloist Violin Solo 121021 8000004
Dai Ya Soloist Xiao Vertical Bamboo Flute Solo 121021 8000005
Li Jing Sound Editor n/a 229 14000003
Lin Qian Sound Editor n/a 229 14000002
Miao Ying Sound Editor n/a 229 14000004
Wu Lala Sound Engineer n/a 120916 14000005
Wang Bin Coordinator Literary Coordinator 528 25000001
Wang Dong Sound Editor n/a 229 14000001
Zhao Wenxia Wardrobe n/a 120823 13000003
Chen Zhigang Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Cao Jiuping Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Tong Huamio Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Yuan Bin Makeup n/a 353 13000002
Liu Guonan Assistant Director n/a 163 5000005
Zhou Wei Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Leng Qibin Actor Fat Woman's Son 1 1000009
Dong Lifan Actor Fat Woman 1 1000008
Zhang Hongjie Actor Lao Zhang 1 1000010
Zhao Bingkun Actor Lao Bai 1 1000011
Zhang Yimou Director n/a 2 2000001
Niu Ben Actor Old Niu 1 1000007
Fu Biao Actor Little Fu 1 1000006
Jie Dong Actor Wu Ying 1 1000002
Li Xuejian Actor Old Li 1 1000003
Gong Jinghua Actor Aunty Liu 1 1000004
Dong Lihua Actor Marna 1 1000005
Zhao Yu Producer n/a 3 3000001
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Mo Yan From Story Source Material(From Novella: "Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh") 120870 4000002
Gui Zi Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Zhang ZhenYan Production Manager n/a 305 5000001
Hu Xiaofeng Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Xie Dong Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Erin O'Rourke Co-Producer n/a 170 3000008
Zhou Ping Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Terrence Malick Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Wang Wei Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Yang Qinglong Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Zhang Weiping Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Zhao Benshan Actor Old Zhao 1 1000001
Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. While good-hearted, Zhao has a tendency to fib--it's not that he's a compulsive liar, it's just that his dreams always seem to surpass his reality, and he tries to fill in the gap. 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. Desperate for funds, he turns to to his friends, who are weary of his fanciful schemes. 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. But this plan goes awry when Zhao is too old fashioned to allow the couples to leave the bus door closed. While dining with his intended spouse, Zhao is introduced to her spoiled son and her beautiful blind stepdaughter Wu Ying. The stepmother sees Wu as nothing but a burden after she and her father divorced. To be rid of the girl, the stepmother insists that Zhao take her to the "Happy Times Hotel" and give her a job. Zhao reluctantly agrees. When Wu is unable to return to her stepmother's apartment, Zhao creates a series of deceptions to keep the girl occupied, including setting her up as a masseuse in one of his "hotels" and enlists his friends to pretend to be her customers. While everything that is happening between Zhao and Wu is superficially about trickery, gradually a very real empathy grows between the young woman and the old man, as together they find an unexpected haven from the loneliness they both feel. Soon, Zhao and Wu take actions that demonstrate the strong bond that they have developed for each other.