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Feature Film

China’s Controversial ‘Have A Nice Day’ Sets U.S. Release Dates, New English Trailer

Liu Jian’s Have A Nice Day, a 2D animated feature that ran afoul of China’s government authorities and was barred from screening at Annecy last year, is set to debut in the United States later this month.

Strand Releasing will open the film in New York City on January 26, and February 2 in Los Angeles, followed by a limited release in other cities across the United States.

Below is the film’s official English-subbed trailer:

Set in a southern Chinese city, Have A Nice Day is about a driver, who in a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, steals a bag containing 1 million yuan (around $150,000) 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.

Last year, Have A Nice Day was the first Chinese animated feature to screen in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, and subsequently screened at the Holland Animation Film Festival, Seattle Int’l Film Festival, Neuchatel In’t Fantastic Film Festival, Animafest Zagreb, and AFI Fest.

For a list of U.S. theater dates, see Strand’s website.

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  • Jonathon Asuna Leafa Richards

    not gonna lie this looks good

  • ea

    They should’ve released it last year to qualify for the upcoming Oscars.

    • Inkan1969

      Can’t it qualify for the Oscars in 2019?

      • They can. The Boy and the World for example was released in Brazil in 2013 and qualified for Oscar 2015, so it’s ok.

      • ea

        By that time, the Academy may have forgotten (if they ever heard) about it. Plus, there’s going to be a lot of competition (Early Man, Isle of Dog, Incredibles 2, Ralph 2, Bubbles?, etc)