Featuring Liu Jian: Piercing I
This film, the first full-length animation work directed by Liu Jiang, is a remarkable achievement in the Chinese independent animation scene, which becomes exciting in recent years. Based on the reality of China and mixing comedy and slapstick elements, this work tells tragically-comedically about the life and dignity of people living in the contemporary Chinese society.
Due to the financial crisis, many factories in China are forced to close their doors in late 2008. Zhang Xiaojun loses his job in a shoe factory. One day, a supermarket guard beats him up, thinking Zhang is a thief. In vain, he asks the supermarket manager for financial redress. Zhang’s dearest wish is to return to his village and become a farmer. But right before his departure, the police arrest him. The supermarket manager also has his problems. On a moonlit night, the storylines converge in a teahouse near the city rampart.
Liu Jian studied Chinese landscape 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 and received numerous prestigious awards at film festivals across Asia and Europe. His second feature-length animation film, Have A Nice Day, was premiered and selected for main competition at 67th Berlin International Film Festival 2017.
2009／China／75min／DCP／Chinese dialogue · English subtitles · Japanese subtitles