HAVE A NICE DAY
A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China.
In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss.
News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money…
Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation.
“This deserves to be an animation arthouse hit to equal “Waltz With Bashir”, and it was the most politically trenchant and artistically fresh thing in Berlin. With the surface of a Tarantino-esque pulp thriller and the heart of a postmodern political art project.”
– The Guardian
“Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world. The film’s elegance and bleak narrative wit, along with politically caustic cynicism – impressively outspoken, given the rigours of the Chinese censorship system – should put “Have a Nice Day” in the international spotlight, with the potential to become the biggest success in adult-targeted art animation since “Waltz With Bashir”. Like no Chinese film you’ve ever seen.”
– Screen Daily
“If Quentin Tarantino remade “Pulp Fiction” as an animated movie set in modern day China, it might look something like “Have a Nice Day,”. Throw in some jarringly modern reference points — Trump, Brexit — and this exuberant, Tarantinoesque display of violence and suspense presents deep perspective on the ripple effects of troubled times around the world. A mesmerizing portrait of despair and the capitalist instincts created by it.”
Country of Origin: China
Sound Format: 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 77 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
In Mandarin with English Subtitles
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