A young Chinese journalist battles corruption, state power, and his own conscience in The Best is Yet to Come, the debut feature from Chinese director Jing Wang.
The drama, which premieres in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, before moving on to Toronto’s Discovery sidebar, is set in 2003 in the aftermath of the SARS epidemic in China. 26-year-old middle school dropout and cub investigative reporter Han Dong (White K) discovers evidence of medical fraud. Publishing the story will win him a permanent job at his paper, but could have nasty repercussions for millions.
In the exclusive trailer for the film (see below), we see Han Dong’s journey through the chaotic world of early 2000s China. Newspapers still dominate the media, the Internet has not yet taken over, and a single article can change the fate of a hundred million people.
Jing Wang’s drama, inspired by real events, is his debut feature. Jing worked as an assistant director to Jia Zhang-ke on acclaimed social dramas Ash is Purest White, Mountains May Depart, and A Touch of Sin. Fans of Jia Zhang-ke will recognize some of his frequent collaborators on The Best is Yet to Come credits, including cinematographer Yu Lik Wai, Art director Weixin Liu, and lighting designer Wong Chi Ming.
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View the trailer below.