“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. Has the surface of a Tarantino-esque pulp thriller and the heart of a postmodern political art project.” – The Guardian
From Liu Jian, a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation, comes hard-hitting slice of animated pulp fiction Have A Nice Day, last year’s Best Animated Feature Film winner from Fantasia Film Festival, and winner of the Best Narrative Feature award from the Philadelphia Film Festival.
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 listless slacker, 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, culminating in a whirlwind neo-noir filled with double-crosses, violent set pieces, and pitch-black humor.
“★★★★★. The stylistic quirks that define the bitterly funny Chinese animated neo-noir ‘Have a Nice Day’ are thrillingly original. This is the kind of film that evokes stylistic predecessors like Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ —another criss-crossing narrative about several tangentially related small-time crooks—and the fiction films of Chinese filmmaker Zhangke Jia, whose melodramas all concern hard-luck laborers who turn to crime in order to escape dirt road poverty. Still, ‘Have a Nice Day’ stands apart because of its bitterly funny black humor, and idiosyncratic animation and sound design. Writer/director Liu Jian has taken familiar stylistic elements, and made them feel fresh, and exciting. A major breakthrough.” – Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
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