Have a Nice Day

Nominee
Golden Bear
Berlin International Film Festival
If Quentin Tarantino remade 'Pulp Fiction' as an animated movie set in modern day China, it might look something like 'Have a Nice Day.'

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Have a Nice Day

The first animated Chinese feature film to ever compete at the Berlin Film Festival, Have a Nice Day is a laconically witty thriller that introduces western audience to bold new pop stylist Liu Jian. Featuring aging hitmen, philosopher gangsters and an irresistible soundtrack.

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 of one million yuan 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.

“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

“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.” – Guardian

Official Selection:
2017 Berlin Film Festival
AFI Film Festival
Genre
Animated, Drama, Crime
Runtime
77
Language
Mandarin
Director
Liu Jian
Writer(s)
Liu Jian
Cast
Xiao Zhang, Lao Zhao, Fang Yuanjun
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

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 ...

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