TIFF 2020: Our Review of ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

TIFF 2020: Our Review of ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

The Best Is Yet To Come tells the story of Han Dong (White K), a gifted and often stubborn young man who have given up the security of a steady job in their hometown to pursue a dream of becoming a reporter in the big city.  When one of the top reporters (Zhang Songwen) at Jingcheng Daily has finally read one of Han Dong’s essays, he’s impressed and offers him an internship.  But one day, he uncovers the trafficking of forged health certificates for Hepatitis B carriers; often asymptomatic patients who are unjustly discriminated against as a result of the belief that the virus can be easily transmitted in public spaces.   It’s a story that will change his life in more ways than he can even realize.

Inspired by actual events, The Best Is Yet To Come is a solid and vibrant piece of cinema that takes a look inside journalism in a country like China but also takes a minute to highlight some of the problems experience by its people.

It’s easy to tell that director Wang Jing mentored with director Jia Zhang-ke as the film is visually strong, crafting an air of necessity around its leading character allowing the uncertainty and desperation for some people during these times after SARS.  That being said the overall script is a little cookie cutter and the actors are engaged but never getting us emotionally connected to them either.

This film is undoubtedly a story worth seeing, but there’s no rush either.

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