Long Day’s Journey Into Night
2019 | Bi Gan | China/France | Mandarin with English subtitles | 140 min | NR
Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution). Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot that plunges its protagonist — and us — into a labyrinthine cityscape. China’s biggest arthouse hit of all time, the film took in more than $40 million dollars in its opening weekend at the domestic box office.
“A pièce de résistance of labyrinthine long-take camerawork, choreography, and dream logic.” — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club
“LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is one of these films that you have to see if you love filmmaking as an art.” — Alan Ng, Film Threat
“LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is a piece of cinematic poetry where every syllable has wormed its way into my soul and has aggressively refused to release its vice-like grip.” — Sara Michelle Fetters, MovieFreak.com