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Happy Times Movie Review Summary

Actors: Benshan Zhao, Jie Dong, Lihua Dong

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HAPPY TIMES is a movie directed by Zhang Yimou in 2001.

Zhao is 50 years old and is actively searching for a wife. While visiting his last date, he meets the young Wu Ying, a blind 18 years old girl who lives with her stepmother, Zhao's date. The young girl is exploited by her step family with whom her father has abandoned her before leaving home in order to seek fortune in another city.
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Wu Ying lives with the hope of seeing her father come back with the money necessary to pay for the operation that will cure her eyes. One day, after a bragging Zhao has told his fiancée that he's an important hotel manager, she literally forces him to hire Wu Ying so that the young girl leaves home.

At first embarrassed by the situation, Zhao nonetheless decides to take the young girl and imagines, with his friends, to build a fake apartment in a closed down factory where Wu Ying will work as a masseuse. Zhao's friends will be her only customers and will pay her with money in paper. Everybody knows that this strange situation can't last forever but Wu Ying's happiness prevents them to tell her the truth.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese

Setting

Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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