Have a Nice Day

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Original title
Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day)
Running time
75 min.
China China
Liu Jian
The Shanghai Restoration Project
Flagship Entertainment Group / Le-Joy Animation Studio
Animation. Drama | Heist Film. Black Comedy. Adult Animation
Synopsis / Plot
A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draws several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict. Philosophising gangster bosses, ageing hitmen, men and women who are tired of the struggle to survive – anyone who happens to have the bag holds on to it tightly, as if it were a lifeline. Hao ji le is a black comedy; the film’s inscrutable, laconic humour holds up a magnifying glass to attitudes to life and social conditions. Humankind’s constant greed meets a deeply insecure country in transition. The reduced realism of the film’s animated tableau heightens and stylises the mood in today’s China, caught between stasis and a new beginning. The protagonists of this macabre dance wander, strangely lost, through precisely drawn but radically changing cityscapes. The signs and symbols of capitalism impose themselves everywhere, but most people are excluded from the life these signs promise. And Mao Zedong’s image still graces the banknotes.
2017: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
2017: Annecy Film Festival: Official Selection
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