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Hao ji le

Have a Nice Day

Einen schönen Tag noch

David LIANG (Composer), LIU Jian (Director, Screenwriter, Animation, Casting, Producer, Executive Producer), YANG Cheng (Producer, Executive Producer)

Moderation: Anatol Weber

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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.

by
Liu Jian

People's Republic of China 2017

Mandarin

75 min · Colour

With

Yang Siming (Uncle Liu)
Cao Kou (Yellow Eye)
Ma Xiaofeng (Thin Skin)
Zhu Changlong (Xiao Zhang)
Cao Kai (Lao Zhao)
Zheng Yi (Second Sister)

Crew

Written and directed by
Liu Jian
Animation
Liu Jian
Editor
Militia Xiao Liu
Music
The Shanghai Restoration Project
Sound Design
Li Danfeng
Sound
Gao Rui Feng
Casting
Liu Jian
Production Manager
Wang Lin
Producers
Yang Cheng, Liu Jian
Executive Producers
Yang Cheng, Liu Jian

Biography

Liu Jian

Liu Jian studied Chinese landscape painting and graduated from the Nanjing University of the Arts in 1993. Over the past two decades, his work has drawn on a range of media and aesthetic approaches and has been presented at major exhibitions both in China and abroad. In 1995, he began making works of animation and in 2007 he independently established the Le-joy Animation Studio. His first feature-length animation work, Piercing I, premiered at Holland Animation Film Festival and received numerous prestigious awards at film festivals across Asia and Europe.

Filmography (animated films)

2010 Citong wo (Piercing I) 2017 Hao ji le

Produced by

Nezha Bros. Pictures
Peking, People's Republic of China

Le-joy Animation Studio
Nanjing, People's Republic of China

World sales

Memento Films International
Paris, France
+33 1 53349033

www.memento-films.com

EDKO Films (Asian Sales)
Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
chiujulian@edkofilm.com.hk
www.cinema.com.hk