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Happy Times (2000)

PG
102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. 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. Zhao's best friend Li hatches the idea to ...See moreZhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. 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. 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. Unfortunately, this plan goes awry because Zhao is too old fashioned to allow the couples to leave the bus door closed. Meanwhile, Zhao's fiancee introduces him to her spoiled son and beautiful blind stepdaughter Wu Ying, whom she sees as a burden. To be rid of the girl, she insists that Zhao take her to the Happy Times Hotel and give her a job. Zhao reluctantly agrees, then creates a series of deceptions to keep the girl occupied, including setting her up as a masseuse and enlisting his friends to pretend to be her customers. Everything that is happening between Zhao and Wu is superficially about trickery, but gradually a very real empathy grows between the young woman and the old man. Written by Sujit R. Varma See less
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Yan Mo (novel "Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh") | Gai Zi
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Budget
$1,900,000
Opening weekend
$31,084
Gross (US & Canada)
$240,093
Gross (World)
$361,000
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Release date
Jul 26, 2002 (United States)

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11 cast members
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Jie Dong
Wu Ying Wu Ying   See fewer
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Lifan Dong
Stepmother Stepmother   See fewer
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Biao Fu
Little Fu Little Fu   See fewer
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Qibin Leng
Wu Ying's Stepbrother Wu Ying's Stepbrother   See fewer
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Ben Niu
Old Niu Old Niu   See fewer
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Jinghua Gong
Aunty Liu Aunty Liu   See fewer
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Hongjie Zhang
Lao Zhang Lao Zhang   See fewer
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Bingkun Zhao
Lao Bai Lao Bai   See fewer
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Honglei Sun
Customer at 'Happy Times' Customer at 'Happy Times'   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 3,738 votes