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Have a Nice Day

Hao ji le

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

There’s a suitcase full of cash on the loose, and a rich menagerie of underworld characters are hustling to snag it. Liu Jian’s darkly comic animated feature follows a Tarantino-esque procession of hyper-articulate low-lifes on a roundelay of seedy noir adventures spiced with witty—and sometimes rather politically pointed—observations about China today. Starting with Xiao Zhang, a driver who determines to steal said bag of money to pay for his girlfriend’s cosmetic surgery, the story cycles through a brutal hitman, a gangster boss with an impressive contemporary-art collection, an inventor with magic glasses and two slackers with poorly developed moral compasses. The film’s brilliant, entirely subversive stories, all set amidst a corrupt urban environment that seems to resemble a large Chinese city, are spiced up with snazzy animated musical numbers, including a dazzlingly hilarious spoof of Maoist propaganda. Sardonic references to last year’s American election keep the film’s acid tone both current and international. Liu’s old school 2D character animations are set against beautifully drawn, eerily atmospheric backgrounds that are spellbinding in their own right.

"A vibrantly witty piece of postmodern pop art."—Jonathan Romney, Screen
Shelly Kraicer

Preceded By: Lunar Dial

Director: Gao Yuan / China, 2016, 15 min.
Beautiful hand-painted images evoke mesmerizing worlds in this experimental animated short.
Director Liu Jian
Country of Origin: China
Year: 2017
Running Time: 77 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Mandarin with English subtitles
Cast: Zhu Changlong, Cao Kai, Liu Jian, Yang Siming, Shi Haitao, Ma Xiaofeng
Producer: Lynne Wang, Yang Cheng, Liu Jian
Cinematographer: Lin Shan
Editor: Minbing Xiaolu
Music: The Shanghai Restoration Project
Production Company: Nezha Bros. Pictures / Le-joy Animation Studio
Print Source: Memento Films International


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