HAVE A NICE DAY

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Synopsis

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

Reviews

“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.”
Indiewire

Cast & Crew

DIRECTOR:

Liu Jian

WRITER:

Liu Jian

PRODUCER:

Lynne Wang

CAST (Voice):

Xiao Zhang
Lao Zhao
Fang Yuanjun

Film Specs

Country of Origin: China

Format: DCP/Color

Sound Format: 5.1 Surround Sound

Running Time: 77 minutes

Genre: Animation

Rating: Not Rated

In Mandarin with English Subtitles

Screenings

See this film at the following theaters:

  • 05/18/17    Seattle Int’l Film Festival  Seattle, WA  (U.S. Premiere!)
  • 08/05/17    Rooftop Films  New York, NY (NY Premiere!)
  • 09/29/17   Lost Weekend Film Festival  Winchester, VA
  • 10/12/17    Chicago Int’l Film Festival  Chicago, IL
  • 10/19/17    Philadelphia Film Festival  Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/01/17    Starz-Denver Int’l Film Festival  Denver, CO
  • 11/01/17    Passport Film Festival  Columbia, MO
  • 11/02/17    St. Louis Int’l Film Festival  St. Louis, MO
  • 11/12/17    San Diego Asian Film Festival  San Diego, CA
  • 11/12/17    AFI Fest  Los Angeles, CA
  • 12/07/17    Austin Film Society   Austin, TX
  • 01/26/18    THEATRICAL RELEASE STARTS IN NYC!!!
  • 02/02/18    UWM Union Theatre  Milwaukee, WI
  • 02/09/18    Sie Film Center  Denver, CO
  • 0/2/09/18    Harkins Valley Art Theatre  Tempe, AZ

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