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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Gorgeously designed and formally audacious, Bi Gan’s second feature (after Kaili Blues) is constructed around an hour-long tracking shot originally filmed in 3-D. This sequence, which occurs in the second half of the movie, takes viewers on quite a ride, both literally and metaphorically, as Bi moves the camera freely through space and presents clever ways to translate the language of dreams into cinema. (As dream-narrative films go, it’s as distinctive an achievement as The Blood of a Poet, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, or Eyes Wide Shut.) Before that, though, this is basically a mood piece; the scant plot concerns a detective (Huang Jue) searching for a missing woman whom he hasn’t seen in years. Bi creates a strong atmosphere out of familiar detective-movie and melodramatic elements, thanks largely to the inventive camerawork and charismatic performances (the cast also features Tang Wei and Sylvia Chang). My colleague Scout Tafoya has likened this to a Disney theme park attraction based on the films of Wong Kar-wai, and I’m inclined to agree. In Mandarin with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Li Kang

Writers:

  • Gan Bi
  • Li Kang

Producers:

  • Charles Gillibert
  • Guanren Zhang
  • Hai Wang
  • Hao Ma
  • Hong Yuan
  • Jianguo Ding
  • Jinjun Ye
  • Juan Wan
  • Julie Viez
  • Karen Fu
  • Li Kang
  • Matthew Liu
  • Meng Yu
  • Ming Dao
  • Ming Li
  • Minling Sang
  • Qian Li
  • Sam Tzu-Hsiang Yuan
  • Shen Yang
  • Shimu Qian
  • Tao Sun
  • Tingting Guo
  • Wen-Bo Jiang
  • Xiang Zhang
  • Xiaoming Huang
  • Xiaonan Li
  • Xun Li
  • Yunxia Que
  • Zhongjin Liu
  • Zuolong Shan

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