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VIFF: Have a Nice Day

VIFF: Have a Nice Day

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for
The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available at The Vancity Theatre
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to info@viff.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456

Doors open half hour before doors


Hao ji le

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

There’s a suitcase full of cash on the loose, and a rich menagerie of underworld characters are hustling to snag it. Liu Jian’s darkly comic animated feature follows a Tarantino-esque procession of hyper-articulate low-lifes on a roundelay of seedy noir adventures spiced with witty—and sometimes rather politically pointed—observations about China today. Starting with Xiao Zhang, a driver who determines to steal said bag of money to pay for his girlfriend’s cosmetic surgery, the story cycles through a brutal hitman, a gangster boss with an impressive contemporary-art collection, an inventor with magic glasses and two slackers with poorly developed moral compasses. The film’s brilliant, entirely subversive stories, all set amidst a corrupt urban environment that seems to resemble a large Chinese city, are spiced up with snazzy animated musical numbers, including a dazzlingly hilarious spoof of Maoist propaganda. Sardonic references to last year’s American election keep the film’s acid tone both current and international. Liu’s old school 2D character animations are set against beautifully drawn, eerily atmospheric backgrounds that are spellbinding in their own right.

“A vibrantly witty piece of postmodern pop art.”—Jonathan Romney, Screen
— Shelly Kraicer

Preceded By: Lunar Dial

Director: Gao Yuan / China, 2016, 15 min.
Beautiful hand-painted images evoke mesmerizing worlds in this experimental animated short.

Director Liu Jian
Country of Origin: China
Year: 2017
Running Time: 77 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Mandarin with English subtitles
Related Links: Screen review | IndieWire review
Cast: Zhu Changlong, Cao Kai, Liu Jian, Yang Siming, Shi Haitao, Ma Xiaofeng
Producer: Lynne Wang, Yang Cheng, Liu Jian
Cinematographer: Lin Shan
Editor: Minbing Xiaolu
Music: The Shanghai Restoration Project
Production Company: Nezha Bros. Pictures / Le-joy Animation Studio
Print Source: Memento Films International

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