Girls Always Happy


The Main 5 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 9:40 PM
The Main 4 Wed, Apr 17, 2019 9:40 PM
The Main 4 Sat, Apr 20, 2019 12:50 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Tags:Asian Interest
Comedy Drama
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Women Directors
Release Year:2018
Runtime:117 min
Festivals & Awards:Hong Kong International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize; Golden Firebird Award
Seoul International Women's Film Festival - Best Director
Language:Chinese (Mandarin)
Print Source:Parallax Films
Director:Yang Mingming
Producer:Yang Chao
Yang Jing
Cinematographer:Shen Xiaomin
Screenwriter:Yang Mingming
Editor:Yang Mingming
Composer:Fang Tao
Principal Cast:Li Qinqin
An Nai
Zhang Xianmin


Yang Mingming makes her acting and directorial debut in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy about mothers and daughters. Starring as Wu, a woman in her late twenties living in Beijing, Yang portrays a neurotic writer whose life is in a constant tailspin. Her costar in equal measure is Wu's mother, played to perfection by Nai An. Wu's mother is a writer as well, eccentric to a fault and clearly a slightly older, slightly hardened version of Wu. While the two are indeed a kooky pair, their complicated bond as mother and daughter and as women, undergoing all too similar life changes, is at the forefront of this story. They fight, they argue, they eat together and they fall in and out of love, all while navigating a world that may not allow their codependence to last forever.

Director Biography

Yang Mingming

Yang Mingming was born in 1987. After studying at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Yang entered the film industry by directing and starring in her short film Female Directors (12). She continues to showcase her multifaceted talents in her latest film, Girls Always Happy.


"Girls Always Happy is unflinching in its exploration of a difficult parent-child dynamic, benefitting from intricate performances from the two leads." - Screen Daily