Apr 27, 2018

Have a Nice Day (Jian Liu, 2017)

 ☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Darkly witty, bitterly cynical, socially conscious and relentlessly bleak (think steely gray skies looming over some grimy, decrepit town), Jian Liu's sophomore offering Have a Nice Day (Hao ji le) appears as a slightly improved reworking of his 2010 feature debut Piercing I, and that is a crudely and sparsely, yet stylishly visualized piece of satirical pop-art neo-noir dressed in drab and 'dirty' colors, voiced in deadpan manner, occasionally lifted by cool soundtrack and rife with unsympathetic low-lives who fall victims of their greed, simple-mindedness, as well as of socialist capitalism embodied by a bag loaded with 'Maos'.

(The film is available for rent or purchase at Vimeo on Demand.)

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