Zhao is an economically challenged, ageing bachelor who hasn't had much luck in love and so he enlists the help of matchmaker to find a wife. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, he leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. Desperate for funds, he turns to his friends and together they hatch the scheme to raise the money by refurbishing an abandoned bus they will rent out by the house - the 'Happy Times Hotel' to young couples starved for privacy. But this plan goes awry when the bus is hauled away to the dump. Believing he is a wealthy hotelier, his fiancee persuades Zhao to hire her blind stepdaughter, Wu Ying, as a masseuse at his hotel. Creating a tangled and hilarious mess of lies in order to employ her, Zhao must create a fake hotel environment in an abandoned factory, so she believes he has a legitimate job. Finally, he is forced to come clean, which turns out to be both a heartbreaking and hilarious life lesson for all involved.
POWERFUL BITTERSWEET CHINESE DRAMA
- Happy Times review by GF
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Powerful and moving early drama from the Director to went on to make big production epics like Hero. This bittersweet story is about the relatonship between a vulnerable blind girl and the man who is hoping to marry her Mother.
In order to impress his future he wife, he pses asa hotel manager and offers the young girl a job.
A modern Chinese story similar to Cinderella this is heart warming and moving.