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.
|March of Happiness|
|Literal meaning||Tianma Tea House|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Tiān Mǎ Chá Fáng|
|Hokkien POJ||Thian-má Tê Pâng|
|Directed by||Lin Cheng-sheng|
|Screenplay by||Ko So-ching|
|Produced by||Yeh Chin-sheng|
|Music by||Chen Ming-chang|
Green Apple Films
The film was Taiwan's official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not manage to receive a nomination. The film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
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.