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Better Days (2019)

Shao nian de ni (original title)
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A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

Director:

Derek Tsang (as Kwok Cheung Tsang)

Writers:

Yuexi Jiu (novel), Wing-Sum Lam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dongyu Zhou ... Chen Nian
Jackson Yee Jackson Yee ... Xiao Bei
Fang Yin Fang Yin ... Zheng Yi
Jue Huang Jue Huang ... Lao Yang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lüyun Heliao Lüyun Heliao
Ran Liu Ran Liu
Junlin Luo Junlin Luo
Yue Wu ... Zhou Lei
Xinyi Zhang Xinyi Zhang
Yao Zhang Yao Zhang ... Li Xiang
Yifan Zhang Yifan Zhang ... Hu Xiaodie
Runnan Zhao Runnan Zhao ... Da Kang
Ye Zhou Ye Zhou ... Wei Lai
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Storyline

When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this two-day national college entrance exam will determine where and if they get to study. It is not uncommon for the fates of entire families to hinge on the results. Like so many others, Nian has been focused on preparing for the exam, at the exclusion of everything else and is all alone. A classmate has committed suicide and she has become the target of relentless bullying. Meanwhile, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei and the two of them seal a pact.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Better Days See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$989,536, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$989,536

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,809,935
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby Surround 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was selected to have its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, held from 7 to 17 February 2019, where it was to be played as part of the Generation 14plus program. However, it was announced shortly before the start of the festival, on 4 February 2019, that all four screenings had to be canceled. No particular reason was given, so it is possible that the full movie was not ready in time.

The cancellation allowed the festival to instead program additional screenings of "37 Seconds (2019)", "Reconstructing Utøya (2018)" and two award-winners from that year's the Generation 14plus program. See more »

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Best act of the year
8 November 2019 | by xiaohei-80112See all my reviews

It will lead u thinking the flaw of education system we have.Director darely zoom in actor facial almost 3/4 of the screen to drew u inside the emotion. The interrogation scene will so perfectly edit,cut and switch between the two lead actors Some of the scene where two actor will just looking each other without saying any word and u already feel how much tough time they went through..its slowly put the spicy ingredients without your notice in beginning and burst into tears and deep thoughts in the end of the movie .its definitely the best Chinese movie of the year.


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