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Better Days

2019

Crime / Drama / Family / Romance

7.5

Synopsis

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.

Director

Derek Tsang

Cast

Zhou Dongyu
as Chen Nian
Jackson Yee
as Xiao Bei
Huang Jue
as Lao Yang
Yin Fang
as Zheng Yi
Wu Yue
as Zhou Lei

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by htmlfreak 10 /10

"If you weren't the bully, then you were being bullied."

Every June, almost 10 million Chinese students sit for the National College Entrance Examination, or the "Gaokao". For many, this nine-hour exam is considered the most important deciding factor in a student's future: Success on the Gaokao is what determines acceptance to China's universities, which in turn determines one's future career.

Although Better Days was initially censored by the Chinese government, the decision was later changed and the movie began showing in theaters. It's not hard to see why it enticed controversy in the first place as it portrays the Gaokao as a high pressure environment that fosters bullying, mental illness, and suicide. It opens a window to a world where students study endless hours in cram schools for their chance at a good future. Accountability in bullying cases is a recurring theme that underlies the movie.

But don't get this wrong, this isn't a story about the Gaokao. This is a story about heartbreak. Heartbreak for students who are bullied by their peers. Heartbreak for single parents who put their hopes and dreams on their children. Heartbreak for those who love unconditionally and are willing to sacrifice everything. Dongyu Zhou (Soul Mate, Under the Hawthorn Tree) and Jackson Yee (TFboys) are deft as two halves of a love story while Director Derek Tsang masterfully captures the sheer range of both leads. The cinematography doesn't go unnoticed either as every shot has tremendous depth for those paying close attention.

Of the many lines that stand out in this movie, one that resonates particularly is "If you weren't the bully, then you were being bullied." To me, this is what makes the film so powerful: its ability to pull at your heart over and over again. Go out and see this film. When you leave the theater, reflect on what you saw. Wonder how despite how far we have come, we still have so much left to go.

Reviewed by xiaohei-80112 10 /10

Best act of the year

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.

Reviewed by slideshowp2 8 /10

The campus is supposed to be young and sunny

Why does school violence happen? What is the reason why one person is bullied by another? Is it just two people who have different ideas, or one person who is disliked by the other person who is bullied?



Bullies are a bit like demons, and at that moment all the pity and compassion is gone from them.



A little bit like bullying is a little bit of isolation and ridicule. At such a sensitive age in youth, not fitting in with a group can feel like a loss and can affect every aspect of life.



Dealing with others is inevitable throughout life, and building a supportive environment is something everyone needs to think about and learn from.



I also thought about how to get along with people better after some friction with people around me. But now looking back on that time, or feel lost, as if a piece of cake was bitten off a gap, but perhaps regret is also a kind of life.



Hope everyone is treated well!

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