- Fri, 04/16 - Thu, 04/29
Nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature Film
When it is time for the Chinese gaokao, a two-day national college entrance exam, the entire country comes to a standstill. For nearly ten million high school students, this exam not only determines where and if they get to study but the fates of their entire families as well. Like so many others, Nian has been single-mindedly preparing for the exam, cutting everything else out of her life. When she becomes the target of relentless bullying, fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei. An unlikely friendship is formed, but before they can retreat into a world of their own, both are dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that will change their lives forever.
A box office triumph in China, Better Days is a portrait of an oppressive society in the guise of a gripping fairy tale love story. Grounded in a young woman’s struggle with pervasive, insidious school bullying, the story expands into an unexpected tale of allyship and love. Lead by striking performances from Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Lee, Better Days continues to surprise and engage audiences around the world.
Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Yin Fang Huang Jue, Wu Yue, Zhou Ye
Director: Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang
Runtime: 135 minutes
Genre: Drama, POC, Romance, Subtitled
Language: In Mandarin with English subtitles