In April, the official Oscar winners for the 2021 Academy Awards were revealed. Although not an award-winner, one the nominees for Best International Feature Film was the crime thriller Better Days 少年的你 (shào nián de nǐ), directed by Derek Tsang. 

Even without winning, the nomination itself was an exciting moment for recent Chinese film history. Not only was this the first time a Hong Kong-born director received this nomination, but it has been 18 years since a Chinese film has been nominated. 

Official poster of Better Days

In fact, our very own Asia Society at the Movies aired this film in February, and conducted a Q&A with Director Tsang in partnership with the Asian World Film Festival. (For a Q&A with the director Derek Tsang, click here!)

However, the Chinese audience was not as happy as you might think. 



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Emilie Zhang