Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018)


Critic Consensus: Grim and gripping in equal measure, Have a Nice Day is an animated drama that pulls no punches -- and leaves a satisfying mark.


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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 1 million 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.

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

Critic Reviews for Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14)

It's an elegantly and wittily drawn piece of work, the design being clear, simple, sometimes almost two-dimensional, foregrounding droll and telling detail: it could almost function as a storyboard cartoon for a live-action version.

Mar 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Animation allows for greater freedom to play with the perception of time and space, and one of the film's great joys is simply looking at it.

Feb 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all very self-consciously cool, but not off-puttingly so.

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The problem ... is the thin, meandering storyline and the slow pace.

Feb 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Like in any good genre yarn, there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns as characters run into each other - often quite literally and sometimes even with their vehicles - in the desperate hope of getting their hands on the money.

Feb 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Liu Jian plays all this out against a detailed physical, social, and economic landscape; in Have a Nice Day money has the power to create illusions and just as easily destroy them.

Feb 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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