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Rou qing shi

Girls Always Happy


SHEN Xiaomin (Director of Photography), NAI An (Actress), YANG Mingming (Director, Screenwriter, Actress), YANG Jing (Producer)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

‘My boyfriend’s disappeared’, shouts a neighbour as Wu rattles past on her scooter through the narrow alleys. ‘Serves you right’, she snaps back without turning around. Wu is in her mid-twenties and lives with her mother in a traditional one-storey house in one of Beijing’s hutongs. Both consider themselves to be writers, but success has so far eluded them. The fact that Wu is supported by a divorced, elderly man helps the women through lean periods. Their unhealthily close relationship is characterised by reproaches and quibbling; only during meals do they appear to lay down their verbal weapons. The situation escalates when both Wu and her mother hit an emotional low.
Yang Mingming’s first feature film is a humorous psychological portrait of a fragile mother-daughter relationship. Detailed images tell of an intimacy born of despair and at the same time provide their ironic refraction. The two women’s sarcasm magnifies their personal disasters but on the other hand, time and again, it also gives rise to hope.

Yang Mingming

People's Republic of China 2018


117 min

World premiere


Nai An (Mother)
Yang Mingming (Wu)
Zhang Xianmin (Zhangxian)
Li Qinqin (Zhuyuan)
Huang Wei (Grandpa)
Yuan Li (YuShan)
Li Wenbo (Baogang)


Written and directed by
Yang Mingming
Director of Photography
Shen Xiaomin
Yang Mingming
Sound Design
Fang Tao, Hao Zhiyu
Zhao Songwen
Production Design
Xia Nv, Xiong Yue
Dai Mujin
Gao Wentao
Han Long
Assistant Director
Xiang Yinlun
Production Manager
Hou Demo
Yang Jing
Executive Producer
Yang Chao
Li Tao, Wang Lei, Sun Hebin, Liang Xiaoping
Nandu Light Entertainment, Guangzhou
Brave Warrior Film, Guangzhou
Oneplus Media, Peking
Nandu Light Entertainment, Guangzhou


Yang Mingming

Born in Beijing, China in 1987, she grew up with her mother in the ancient Hutong area of the city. She now lives alone with two elephant dolls and calls herself ‘Elephant’ in English. Rou qing shi (Girls Always Happy) is her debut feature film.


2012 Female Directors; short film 2018 Rou qing shi (Girls Always Happy)

Produced by

Beijing Trend Cultural Investment
Peking, People's Republic of China
+86 10 62269616

World sales

Parallax Films
Shanghai, People's Republic of China


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