November 21, 2003 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
(China, 2001, 95 minutes, color, 16mm)
Master-director Zhang Yimou presents a bittersweet comedy about contemporary life in urban China. The protagonists of HAPPY TIMES (Xingfu Shiguang) are befuddled would-be capitalists left behind by the tide of prosperity sweeping the People's Republic. Eager to be married, Zhao (Zhao Benshan) wins the affections of a divorcee by posing as a wealthy businessman. In order to pay for the lavish wedding she requires, Zhao and his friends hatch a plan to convert an abandoned bus into a "hotel" for privacy-starved couples.