Have a Nice Day

Hao ji le

Schedule

Monday, Nov. 6 at 9:10pm
Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2:00pm

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 a million yuan from his gangster 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. Indiewire enthuses: “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.”

2017
77 min.
Mandarin

Directed by

Jian Liu

Country

China

Film Category

Animation Spotlight Asian Focus Chinese Spotlight International Spotlight

Subject

Crime

Genre

Comedy Thriller

St. Louis Chinese American News and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University

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