A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast, and everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang.
Earning immediate comparisons to Tarantino, Liu Jian’s low-key, sly animated neo-noir is full of biting critique––anti-Trump and Brexit references!––and its subversive depiction of moral decay in today’s China did not amuse the censors. Bonus: an infectious score by The Shanghai Restoration Project.