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Actor Zhang Songwen appears in upcoming outing as a reporter

By Xu Fan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-03-23 09:38

Actor Zhang Songwen at the movie's Beijing premiere on March 20. [Photo provided to China Daily]

On the heels of The Knockout, the country's most popular TV series from earlier this year, actor Zhang Songwen will appear on screen again in his new outing: The Best Is Yet to Come.

Under the helm of Wang Jing, the movie, also starring actor Bai Ke, revisits the golden age of printed media in the early 2000s. Han Dong, a high-school drop-out played by Bai, becomes one of numerous young aspirers, who are collectively classified as "beipiao", referring to those who struggle in the Chinese capital but don't have permanent resident status, to seek his dream in the big city.

Despite facing a series of obstacles at job fairs, he occasionally obtains an opportunity to work as an intern at a prestigious daily newspaper. With the guidance of Huang Jiang, a veteran investigative reporter who becomes the leader of Han's team, he manages to get recognition for contributing to an influential coverage of a mining explosion.

The success encourages him to delve into another complicated case involving many forged physical examination certificates. However, as he goes deeper into the investigation, he begins to question his angle after discovering that the many counterfeiters are hepatitis B carriers who fear losing job opportunities due to unjust discrimination.

The movie held a premiere in Beijing on March 20, gathering the cast and crew members together with some celebrities such as renowned novelist Zheng Yuanjie.

The film will open across domestic theaters on March 24.

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