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.


Derek Tsang (as Kwok Cheung Tsang)


Wing-Sum Lam (screenplay by), Yuan Li (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dongyu Zhou ... Chen Nian
Jackson Yee ... Xiao Bei
Fang Yin ... Zheng Yi
Ye Zhou ... Wei Lai
Yue Wu ... Chen Nian's Mother
Jue Huang ... Lao Yang (Police Detective)
Yifan Zhang ... Hu Xiaodie
Yao Zhang ... Li Xiang
Xinyi Zhang ... Xu Miao
Runnan Zhao ... Da Kang (as Allen Zhao)
Xuanming Gao Xuanming Gao ... Lai Zi
Xintong Xie Xintong Xie ... Wang Li
Ran Liu ... Luo Ting (as Ran)
Lüyun Heliao ... Punk Gang Leader (as Luyun Heliao)
Bozhan Ju Bozhan Ju ... Loan Shark


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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Crime | Drama | Family | Romance


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Adapted from Jiu Yuexi's novel In His Youth, In Her Beauty (the novel was also translated as Young and Beautiful by some sources) See more »


Chen Nian: Can you protect me? I don't have money to pay you.
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Music by Ellen Joyce Loo
Lyrics by Ellen Joyce Loo & Tsing-Fong Wu
Performed by Yoyo Sham
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What can I do after watching the movie?
2 November 2019 | by chrishuang-63055See all my reviews

For watching the whole movie, if there is no idea about the various illegal acts, let me say: It is definitely a very dangerous thing. But when you see illegal activities and think about what to do, you can make people like the protagonists have a better life, build laws that protect them, and find ways to make them grow and live healthily and healthily. I feel that it is a major focus of the whole movie.

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China | Hong Kong


Mandarin | English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Better Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Chongqing, China


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$989,536, 10 November 2019

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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