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Better Days (2019)

Shaonian 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.


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


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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Chen Nian is fictional character from the adopted novel. See more »


Music by Ellen Joyce Loo
Lyrics by Ellen Joyce Loo & Tsing-Fong Wu
Performed by Yoyo Sham
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User Reviews

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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Mandarin | English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chongqing, China


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$989,536, 10 November 2019

Gross USA:


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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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