Girls Always Happy

(Rou Qing Shi) Features
Director: Yang Mingming 2018 117 Minutes Ages 15+
Girls Always Happy Sat 13 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 12:40pm 117mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

A moving exploration of inner hutong lives in the heart of Beijing, complete with their rich flavours, urban noise and social networks, Girls Always Happy is like no other contemporary Chinese film you have seen.

In China, it is not uncommon for parents and their grown-up children to live under the same roof. Girls Always Happy takes an authentic, layered look at a mother–daughter relationship so intimate and entangled that it is hard to summarise in a few words. Written, directed, acted and edited by talented first-time director Yang Mingming, this film defies stereotypes of urban China and independent Chinese cinema, engagingly portraying a woman’s personal and professional struggle in its loose, free-flow structure.

Screening as part of ‘Reconciling with the World: Asian Cinema


Classification:Ages 15+
Language:Mandarin, with English subtitles
Director:Yang Mingming
Producer:Jing Yang
Cast:Yang Mingming, Xianmin Zhang, Nai An, Qinqin Li
Script:Yang Mingming
Program strand:Features
Rights:Parallax Films