Better Days

Nominee, 2021 Academy Awards (Oscars):
International Feature Film
Director: Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang
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As Nian (Zhou) prepares for her college entrance exam, she is targeted by her peers at school. Fate brings her together with small-time criminal Bei (Yee), but before they can retreat into a world of their own, they are dragged into a murder investigation that will change their lives forever. In this romantic thriller, Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang exposees the oppressive societal demands imposed on today’s youth.
Chinese screen idols Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee star in this blockbuster about a pair of star-crossed lovers: a brutally bullied high-school student and her unlikely protector, a teenage street thug in need of redemption.
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Zhou Dongyu (as Chen Nian)

Born in Hebei, China in 1992, Zhou Dongyu graduated from the        Performing                Arts Department of Beijing Film Academy in 2011. Her debut in Zhang Yimou’s Love of the Hawthorn Tree (2010) garnered her both industry and public attention. For her performance in the film, she received the award for Best

Actress at the 56th Valladolid International Film Festival, for Outstanding New Actress at the 14th China Huabiao Film Awards and for Best New Actress at the 20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

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Jackson Yee (as Xiao Bei)

Jackson Yee is a distinguished singer and dancer from TFboys (aka The Fighting Boys), which is considered as the first homegrown boy band in China to become a global success. Yee made his debut feature film in Better Days (2019) at the age of eighteen.

Born in Hunan, China, in 2000, Yee was accepted into Beijing's prestigious Central Academy of Drama in 2018 after placing first and achieving the highest scores for both his college entrance examination and live audition.