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Thursday, 1 April 2021

Movie: Better Days


Better Days China Movie
Title: Better Days
Chinese Title: 少年的你 / Shao Nian De Ni
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Genre: Crime, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Derek Tsang
Screenwriter: Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yimeng
Producer: Xu Yuezhen, Xu Jiazhen, Zhao Jing, Zhai Li
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from the novel His Youth, In Her Beauty (少年的你, 如此美丽) by Jiu Yuexi

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A tragic accident that occurred before the college entrance examination changes the lives of two teenagers who learn to protect each other as they struggle through youth.

Chen Nian (Zhou Dongyu) who is an introvert has excellent grades at school. As a senior high student, her only focus is to get into a good university. The accidental fall of a classmate unravels a series of untold stories. Chen Nian is pulled into it little by little and during her loneliest moment, a teenager named Xiao Bei (Jackson Yee) breaks into her world...



Fun Facts

  • It was shot in Chongqing from July 2018 to September 2018.
  • It was initially set for a June 27, 2019 release but postponed 3 days before the premiere date due to a decision between production and distributors over the marketability and completion of the film.
  • Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee both shaved their heads for their roles. Zhou Dongyu even wore a wig to keep her new look a secret.
  • It was a box office success grossing a total of US$230 million in China.
  • It brought home a number of awards and nominations. Zhou Dongyu who won Best Actress in 2016 for the movie Soul Mate won many Best Actress awards once again for Better Days.
  • It is Jackson Yee's first starring role in a movie. Jackson Yee earned multiple Best Actor nominations for his role in Better Days. He brought home the Best New Performer award at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards.
  • It was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards as the official entry for Hong Kong.


Cast
Better Days Zhou Dongyu Zhou Dongyu as Chen Nian
Better Days Jackson Yee Jackson Yee as Liu Beishan / Xiao Bei
Better Days Yin Fang Yin Fang as Zheng Yi
Better Days Huang Jue Huang Jue as Lao Yang
Better Days Wu Yue Wu Yue as Chen Nian's Mother
Better Days Zhou Ye Zhou Ye as Wei Lai
Better Days Zhang Xinyi Zhang Xinyi as Xu Miao

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