March of Happiness

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March of Happiness
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Mandarin Tiān Mǎ Chá Fáng
Hokkien Thian-má Tê Pâng
Literally Tianma Tea House
Directed by Lin Cheng-sheng
Produced byYeh Chin-sheng
Written by
  • Yeh Chin-sheng
  • Tseng Yu-wen
Screenplay byKo So-ching
Music byChen Ming-chang
CinematographyTsai Cheng-hui
Edited by
  • Chen Hsiao-jing
  • Hu Ju-sung
Green Apple Films
Release date
Running time
94 minutes
Language Taiwanese Hokkien

March of Happiness is a 1999 Taiwanese film directed by Lin Cheng-sheng. It tells the story of a teenage romance in a performing troupe set against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation and the 228 Massacre. Several characters are either historical or based on historical people.


The film was Taiwan's official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not manage to receive a nomination. [1] The film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. [2]

There are two slightly different versions. In the TV version shown on Formosa Television, the film ends with both protagonists singing the theme song together, even though the male protagonist was already dead. In the cinema version, the film ends with the female protagonist singing the song by herself in a much slower tempo. The TV version is about 9 minutes longer.


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  1. "Festival de Cannes: March of Happiness". Retrieved 2009-10-10.