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Better Days(少年的你)

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China · 2019
2h 15m
Director Derek Tsang
Starring Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Huang Jue, Yin Fang
Genre Drama

Nian is a bullied high-schooler focused on preparing for the Chinese gaokao, the exam that will decide her future. Soon after she befriends Bei, a small-time criminal, her nemesis is mysteriously murdered, and she realizes that while Bei solves her old problems, he creates new ones in this drama based on a YA novel.

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Moreover, dark as Better Days gets – and it is often an uneasy watch because of its delicately-handled themes – there's still a hopeful story about how honesty and courage and fix even the most broken systems.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

In Derek Kwok Cheung Tsang’s gripping, superbly performed melodrama — a deeply moving if occasionally overwrought exposé of bullying in the acutely competitive academic pressure cooker of a Chinese high school — it’s hard to imagine she can be nostalgic for her own school days.


Screen Daily by John Berra

Better Days may slide into somewhat hollow artfulness, but it’s hard not to be moved by its genuine concerns.

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