LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (with A SHORT STORY)
Director: Bi Gan Run Time: 138 min. Release Year: 2018 Language: Chinese
Starring: Chen Yongzhong, Huang Jue, Lee Hong Chi, Sylvia Chang, Tang Wei
Preceded by special screening of A SHORT STORY by Bi Gan
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT – 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 SHORT STORY (15 Min) An anthropomorphic feline wanders across empty cities and exurban spaces of contemporary China. Black Cat is on a quest to answer a single question: What is the most precious thing in the world?