Long Day’s Journey into Night. 2018. China/France. Written and directed by Bi Gan. With Tang Wei, Huang Jue, Sylvia Chang. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 139 min.
Bi Gan’s second feature is a neon-tinted, dreamy noir that slyly weaves through time and space. On the occasion of his father’s funeral, Luo Hongwu returns to his hometown of Kaili. Confronted with memories of a former lover, an old friend, and his distant childhood, Luo Hongwu embarks on a non-linear adventure to tie up loose ends. A technical marvel that includes a one-hour-long, single-take shot, Gan’s film is the work of a truly inventive, unique filmmaker. Courtesy Kino Lorber.