Have a Nice Day

China | 2017 | 88 min. (incl. 11 min. short film) | Liu Jian

Filled with sparkling, Tarantino-esque dialogue, this grim animated noir from China begins when a young construction worker steals a case filled with cash and finds himself pursued by a rogues’ gallery of punk rockers, crazed inventors, and a hammer-wielding hit man.

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You wouldn't think noir and Chinese animation were capable of coinciding—that is until you see Have a Nice Day. Director Liu Jian's unique take on the genre is far from expected and immensely rewarding. Desperate to pay for his fiance's corrective plastic surgery, disheartened construction worker Xiao Zhang steals a case filled with one million yuen. Hired killers, desperate lowlifes, and crazed inventors are all in pursuit of Xiao's newfound treasure. Like its characters, the film's animation style is unnervingly but captivatingly downtrodden. Bleak urban landscapes drawn simply yet layered richly make up the world of Have a Nice Day; there's an odd beauty to be found in its mundanity, and its muted color palette and minimalist style somehow both contrast with and complement its eccentric characters. While motivations differ, everyone's innate desire is shared: a desperation for freedom. In their grim world, money equals freedom. Each character is shrewdly determined, peculiar, and morally gray at best. At the same time, they're honest and relatable. And that's what makes this film so disturbingly irresistible.

Director Biography

Chinese director Liu Jian has earned a place as an up-and-coming director to watch. Only his second feature-length project, Have a Nice Day establishes Jian as an in-depth creator and storyteller.

Sponsored by WASA North America Group, Hainan Airlines, Beijing Film Academy

  • Director: Liu Jian
  • Principal Cast: Yang Siming, Cao Kou, Ma Xiaofeng, Zhu Changlong
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: China, Hong Kong
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 88 min. (incl. 11 min. short film)
  • Producer: Yang Cheng, Liu Jian
  • Screenplay: Liu Jian
  • Cinematographers: Lin Shan
  • Editors: Minbing Xiaollu
  • Music: The Shanghai Restoration Project
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Piercing I (2010)
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Memento Films International

Preceded by Short Film: "Elephant King"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Elephant King" (China | 2017 | 11 minutes | FU Yan, FU Yongchao)

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