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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

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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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Austin Chronicle by

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.
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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.
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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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