posted March 10, 2003

Knickerbocker Theatre Changes Final Film in Series

The Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope College will show "Happy Times" instead of "Mostly Martha" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. through Saturday, March 15, to close its Winter Film Series.

"Mostly Martha" was not available from the distributor as originally anticipated, according to Erik Alberg of the Knickerbocker Theatre.

"Happy Times" is a bittersweet comedy by Zhang Yimou ("The Road Home," "Not One Less"). Set in contemporary China, the film follows the complications that arise when middle-aged bachelor Zhao, desperate to marry, mis-represents himself as a wealthy hotel owner to a divorcee he meets through a dating service. He and his friends maintain the fiction when she insists that he provide a job as a masseuse to her blind step-daughter, about whom he starts to care.

"Happy Times" is rated PG, and is in Mandarin with English subtitles. The film has a running time of one hour and 35 minutes.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland. Tickets are $5 for regular admission, and $4 for children and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door.