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Using Zhang Yimou’s Happy Times as a Path Toward Cross-Cultural Understanding

Zhang Yimou’s Happy Times has been both praised and criticized by film reviewers worldwide. It has been described as “sweet and funny” by some, while others have deemed it an “unsatisfying” work.1 While lauded as “reflective, compassionate and affectionate,”2 it has also been dis­missed as a “bland, patronizing piece with little in the way of social observa­tion.”3 One reviewer from a Christian Web site gave the film a positive rating, but lamented that its plot centered upon...

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