April 4, 2023

SIFF Capsule Review
By Diana Cheng

A scene from “Girls Always Happy,” a feature from Chinese filmmaker Yang Mingming.

Are comedic effects universal across cultures? And if you laugh, is it for the same reason as that of viewers from another country?

“Girls Always Happy” is a feature from China that is apt to test these queries. Wu, a university graduate, goes back home to live with her overbearing mother in a cramped housing unit in Beijing. Their clashes could be peculiar and cultural in context, but what writer-director Yang Mingming in her debut feature depicts is that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
“Girls Always Happy” will be screened at the 44 th Seattle International Film Festival June 8 and 9. Writer-Director Mingming Yang and Producer Jing Yang are scheduled to attend. For full details click here.

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