Troubled Laughter

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Troubled Laughter
DVD cover
MandarinKǔnǎo Rén de Xiào
Directed by
  • Yang Yanjin
  • Deng Yimin
Written by
  • Yang Yanjin
  • Xue Jing
Produced byXu Songlin
  • Ying Fukang
  • Zheng Hong
Edited byLan Weijie
Music byXu Jingxin
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
92 minutes

Troubled Laughter is a 1979 Chinese drama film directed by Yang Yanjin and Deng Yimin, set in the Cultural Revolution. The film stars Li Zhiyu as Fu Bin, a powerless newspaper writer who struggles with his conscience during an age of pervasive dishonesty and immorality from the top on down. It was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Li Zhiyu as Fu Bin, a writer working for the Haicheng Daily
  • Pan Hong as Fu Bin's devoted wife, a schoolteacher
  • Gong Fei as Fu Bin's young daughter
  • Shi Jiufeng as Fu Bin's colleague and old acquaintance
  • Cheng Zhi as Haicheng Daily's chief editor, an ass-kisser
  • Yuan Yue as Song Abao, Haicheng's Communist Party secretary, a scheming lowlife
  • Bai Mu as disgraced professor of surgery
  • Qiao Qi as Fu Bin's former professor in journalism
  • Qin Yi as the wife of Fu Bin's former professor, a former actress
  • Fu Hengzhi as failing medical student-turned-heartless hospital leader
  • Qiu Shisui as a sympathizing doctor
  • Hong Zhaosen as secretary


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Troubled Laughter". Retrieved 7 June 2009.

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