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The Best Is Yet to Come (2020)

Bu zhi bu xiu (original title)
China, 2003. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed journalism intern Han Dong decides to change the fate of 100 million people with a single article.

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Jing Wang
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Bai-Ke ... Han Dong
Fox Fox ... Sunglasses Boy
Zhangke Jia ... Coal Mine Owner
Miao Miao ... Xiao Zhu
Hailu Qin ... Mrs. Huang
Yang Song ... Zhang Bo
Lie Wang Lie Wang ... Biao
Songwen Zhang ... Huang Jiang
Yemang Zhou Yemang Zhou ... Chief Editor
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Inspired by a true story. Han Dong (starring Bai Ke) is a worker from a small town who drops out of high school with a dream of becoming a journalist. He gives up a stable job in his hometown and struggles to make a living in Beijing. Luckily, Huang Jiang (starring Zhang Songwen), a journalist of Jingcheng Times, recommends him to do an internship in the newspaper office by chance. At the critical moment of determining if he will be officially hired, Han Dong is having a tough choice when faced with moral and fact. An internship bearing no payment, girlfriend Xiao Zhu (starring Miao Miao) having a depression episode, belongings being thrown out by the landlord - to follow the rules and be officially hired, or to follow the heart and find out the truth? In the struggling life of a Beijing drifter, Han Dong makes his choice.

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Drama

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Ethical dilemmas of a newspaper intern
18 September 2020 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

The Chinese title "No Stop, No Rest" could be the motto of someone whose calling is that of a reporter. The film is based on the life of reporter Han FuDong, whose writing eventually changed discriminatory laws.

In 2003-4 Beijing, 3 young people from the same city in north-east China are in Beijing seeking their fortune. The focus is on Han Dong, a high school dropout who has written and published some articles online. A reporter who has seen his work brings him in as an intern. Following a lead about illegal paid blood donations, he stumbles upon a conspiracy to fake health reports that show the person being free of Hepatitis B - a required condition for education and employment opportunities.

This is a good story on many levels. The obvious one is about investigative reporting. But there are two secondary stories - about the laws that discriminate against some 1/10th of the population of China, and the difficulties young people face in trying their luck in "the big city".

I was happy that I saw this as an online screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, since I could pause and rewind the action, and eventually watched the whole film again, with a better understanding of which were the main characters, and who were disposable, seen-only-once characters.


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Country:

China

Language:

Chinese

Release Date:

9 September 2020 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Is Yet to Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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