Long Day's Journey into Night
DIRECTOR: BI GAN
CAST: JUE HUANG, WEI TANG, SYLVIA CHANG
Bi Gan, the Chinese poet and filmmaker whose debut Kaili Blues opened at Metrograph in 2016, returns with a second feature that is every bit as daringly original as his first, while far more expansive in scope. Beginning as a kind of atmospheric, neon-drenched film noir fever dream, Long Day’s Journey Into Night follows Huang Jue as he returns to his hometown of Kaili for his father’s funeral, then sets off on the trail of an old flame (Tang Wei). After going down a winding road into the past alongside our protagonist, the viewer is invited to put on 3D glasses and enter the movie’s startling hour-long centerpiece shot, a technically astounding feat that redefines the bounds of narrative cinema. With Sylvia Chang, subject of a 2018 Metrograph retrospective, in a delicious cameo.
A Kino Lorber release.