Saturday, November 11th
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 – 350 King St West
TAIS is pleased to be a community partner with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival‘s presentation of director Liu Jian’s “Have a Nice Day.”
A bag with millions of dollars has gone missing, and the chase is on to find the lost loot.
Have a Nice Day is set in an urban Chinese city, where gangsters, opportunists and lovers are all searching for the missing treasure while also questioning the true purpose of their hunt. More than just an action-packed crime caper, the film creates a seemingly lawless world where the signs of capitalism and the talk of socialism casually intermingle and is populated with characters who possess dark humour and philosophical wit. Is snatching the bag of missing money the ultimate measure of success? Or is the taste of freedom what is really being pursued but being left unsaid?
Writer and director Liu Jian’s ultrarealistic animation style submerges viewers into a gritty reality, rendering the film one of the best attempts to portray contemporary China.
Liu Jian studied Chinese land- scape 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 before going on to screen at Reel Asian in 2013 and receiving numerous prestigious awards at film festivals across Asia and Europe.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.