Bi Gan • China, France • 2018
A noirish stunner and new landmark in world cinema.
Luo Hongwu left Kaili twenty years ago. Now he has returned—his father is dead. Back in his hometown, memories rush to the surface, including of Wan Qiwen, a beautiful and enigmatic woman with whom Luo pursued a stormy affair. Where has she gone? The question haunts Luo. Finding a clue taped to the back of a clock, he sets out to find her, delving into a labyrinth of fantasy, memory, and time.
Tinged with noir aesthetics and culminating in an exhilarating, one-hour-long single-take sequence, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the most successful Chinese art-house film of all time. The second feature from Bi Gan (Kaili Blues) premiered at Cannes, San Sebastián, Rotterdam, and the Golden Horse Film Festival, where it won Best Cinematography. Long Day's Journey Into Night is a New York Times Critic’s Pick.