Happy Times
Happy Times (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of Zhang's smaller films, Happy Times is nevertheless moving and bittersweet.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

A provocative, touching, surprising and obliquely illuminating piece.

Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News

The performances are winning all around. And the comic, slice-of-life feel is charming, but takes a hike as the film progresses.

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Marcy Dermansky

Jie Dong, who makes her film debut as the blind and unwanted Little Wu, is thin, tough and heartbreakingly lovely.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Not a film to rival To Live, but a fine little amuse-bouche to keep your appetite whetted.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The film's maudlin focus on the young woman's infirmity and her naive dreams play like the worst kind of Hollywood heart-string plucking.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...director Zhang Yimou imbues the story with enough heart and humor to prevent it from resembling something out of a '70s horror flick.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Metaphors abound, but it is easy to take this film at face value and enjoy its slightly humorous and tender story.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

An engaging and specific portrait of a culture in transition, even as it evokes humanity's most universal and timeless values.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

The basic premise is intriguing but quickly becomes distasteful and downright creepy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
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… More
FanGirl Browncoat
Charming and sweet. An interesting film with a unique story and fun characters.
John Ballantine
Cute little film. I was glad to see it after mainly seeing "epics" coming out of China.
Lesley N
Magical. Quirky and very different to Yimou Zhangs other films.