To Be a Better Man

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To Be a Better Man
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Genre Drama
Written byLi Xiao
Yu Miao
Zhang Yingji
Directed byZhang Xiaobo
Starring Sun Honglei
Jiang Shuying
Wang Yaoqing
Che Xiao
Lay Zhang
Guan Xiaotong
Country of originChina
Original languageChinese
No. of episodes42
Running time45 minutes (approx.)
Production companiesLinmon Pictures
Yida Media
Changjiang Culture
BudgetUS$23 million [1]
Original network Jiangsu Television, Zhejiang Television
Original release31 May (2016-05-31) 
22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)

To Be a Better Man (Chinese :好先生) is a 2016 Chinese television series produced by LeEco and directed by Zhang Xiaobo. It stars Sun Honglei, Jiang Shuying, Wao Yaoqing, Che Xiao, Lay Zhang and Guan Xiaotong. The series was aired on Jiangsu TV and Zhejiang TV from 31 May to 22 June 2016.



Lu Yuan worked hard in America to become a Michelin 3-star chef. To many, he is the Devil incarnate, reckless and wanton. But when it comes to the person he loves, he is an entirely different "good man" who is loyal, kind, and honest. After a nightmarish car accident takes away his friend, he returns home with his remains.

Now returning to China, Lu Yuan initially has three goals. First, he wants to bring the ashes of his friend, who died in the car accident, back to China and let them rest in peace. Second, he wants to return his best friend’s seventeen-year-old daughter Jia He to her birth mother, before finding a remote place and committing suicide. However unexpectedly, he met the person he least wants to see and becomes entangled with both his unresolved and new relationships.



Soundtrack album
1."Mr. Right" (Opening theme song)Ke Ke 2:03
2."Far Road (路远)" (Ending theme song)Cai KejunZhang Lei5:24
3."Forget About Her (忘了她)"Bi Feng Perhat Khaliq 5:00
4."Be Good (好好的)"Bi FengCeng Di4:24
5."Song About Love [2] "Li YuxiLi Yuxi4:11
6."Grow"Li YuxiLi Yuxi4:36


The drama is both a critical and commercial success. It received acclaim for its heart-warming and realistic storyline, strong performance of its leads as well as cinematography and costume design. [3] [4] According to NetEase , the drama discusses from a detached point of view on searching for the true meaning of life in a society where people blindly chase after materialistic wants. It also touches on the importance of trust, family and love. [3]


Broadcast [5] EpisodeZhejiang TV CSM52 ratingsJiangsu TV CSM52 ratings
Ratings (%)Audience share (%)RankRatings (%)Audience share (%)Rank
Average ratings1.1691.172

Awards and nominations

AwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
11th National Top-Notch Television Award CeremonyOutstanding Television SeriesTo Be a Better ManWon
22nd Huading Awards Best DirectorZhang XiaoboNominated [6] [7]
Best ScreenwriterLi Xiao, Yu Miao, Zhang YingjiWon
Best Actor Sun Honglei Nominated
Best Actress (Contemporary) Jiang Shuying Nominated
Best Supporting ActorWang YaoqingNominated
Best Supporting Actress Guan Xiaotong Nominated
Best New Actor Lay Zhang Nominated
Top 10 DramasTo Be a Better ManWon
23rd Shanghai Television Festival Best Television Series Nominated [8]
Best Actor Sun Honglei Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Guan Xiaotong Won

International broadcast

Jiangsu Television
Zhejiang Television
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International Version [1]

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