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A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Changlong Zhu ...
Xiao Zhang (voice)
Kai Cao ...
Lao Zhao (voice)
Jian Liu ...
Fang Yuanjun / Li Er (voice)
Siming Yang ...
Liu shu (voice)
Haitao Shi ...
A De (voice)
Xiaofeng Ma ...
Shoupi (voice)
Feng Xue ...
Lao San (voice)
Yi Zheng ...
Erjie (voice)
Kou Cao ...
Huangyan (voice)
Hong Zhu ...
Gu Anan (voice)
Da Wang ...
Wu Lidu (voice)
Yu Wu ...
Swallow's Mom (voice)
Xingjun Zhao ...
Man Look for Money (voice)
Hongyu Zeng ...
Little Boss (voice)
Jie Gao ...
Land Rover Man (voice)
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A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.

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9 February 2018 (Turkey)  »

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$10,463, 28 January 2018, Limited Release

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$79,393, 19 April 2018
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Almost all the animations of this film were done by Jian Liu oneself. See more »

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dark HORSE
Written by Dave Liang (as David Wen Wei Liang) and Hooshere Bezdikian
Performed by Shanghai Restoration Project (as The Shanghai Restoration Project) featuring Hooshere Bezdikian (as Hooshere)
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Courtesy of Undercover Culture Music
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animated chases with important subtext
25 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. One need only read the credits to understand that this is a personal project of Liu Jian. It's kind of comical to see his name come up as writer, director, illustrator, producer, and editor. He even wrote at least one of the songs featured in the film! An animated film from China that is clearly influenced by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and some modern day madcap caper films offers a nice respite from the typical January releases that hit the theatre.

Jian's film is a crime thriller with socioeconomic subtext that hovers over each scene. An extended opening credits sequence provides the lay of the land (in this case, city) for the upcoming story. There is very little build up to the crime that ignites the cluster that follows. Xiao Zhang steals a bag filled with one million yuan. The bag belongs to "Uncle Liu", a feared crime lord and gangster who sends his trusted and ruthless hitman "Skinny" to retrieve his money.

The old adage, "follow the money", comes into play here. Following the money is not as simple as it sounds, as these aren't brilliant criminal minds at work here. In addition to Tarantino, thoughts of the Coen Brothers came to mind, as did the Scorsese gem AFTER HOURS. Xiao Zhang has no heroic or altruistic motives. He simply wants to pay for a re-do of his fiancé's botched plastic surgery. The zaniness around the money involves many colorful participants, each who have their own designs for the bag.

A couple of odd musical interludes involve Shangri-La and some ocean waves, and there is a God vs. Buddha debate that reminds of the infamous Mighty Mouse vs Superman argument in STAND BY ME. The film played well at festivals and at 77 minutes, it's a briskly-paced chase movie that might have benefitted from a bit more humor.


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