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  • Director

    Yang Mingming

  • Starring

    Nai An, Yang Mingming, Zhang Xianmin, Li Qinqin, Huang Wei

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    117 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    Mandarin (English Subtitles)

  • Director of Photography: Shen Xiaomin

  • Editor: Yang Mingming

  • Produced by: Yang Jing, Sun Hebin, Wang Lei, Li Tao

  • Screenplay by: Yang Mingming

  • Sound Production: Fang Tao

Director Bio

Yang Mingming

P&I - Director Bio

Yang Mingming graduated from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She directed, shot and starred in her short debut Female Directors, one of the top ten Chinese independent films of 2012, and showcased in youth film festivals both home and abroad. In 2015, she edited Yang Chao’s feature film Crosscurrent, which won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.


Girls Always Happy (Rou qing shi)


This wonderfully bitter comedy drama lays bare a complex yet oddly co-dependent mother-daughter relationship, all set against an intriguing lower-middle-class backdrop in Beijing. Writer, director, editor and lead actor Yang Mingming is terrific as wonderfully sour twenty-something writer Wu, who rides her push scooter through the streets with blissful abandon. Her relationship with her mother (Nai An) veers from ferocious bickering to playful banter, with the pair more similar than either will admit. Bleakly funny and insightful.

Supported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

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