Long Day’s Journey into Night 2018

Di qiu zui hou de ye wan

Directed by Bi Gan World

Part film noir, part dreamscape, this oneiric love mystery – acclaimed for its hour-long 3D sequence shot in a mesmerising unbroken take – intoxicatingly captures romantic obsession in southern China.

China / France In Mandarin with English subtitles
138 minutes DCP / Partly 3D
M
medium level violence

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Shan Zuolong

Photography

Yao Hung-I
,
Dong Jinsong
,
David Chizallet

Editor

Qin Yanan

Production designer

Liu Qiang

Costume designers

Yeh Chu-Chen
,
Li Hua

Music

Lim Giong
,
Point Hsu

With

Huang Jue (Luo Hongwu)
,
Tang Wei (Wan Qiwen)
,
Sylvia Chang (Wildcat’s mother, red-headed woman)
,
Lee Hong (Chi Wildcat)
,
Chen Yongzhong (Zuo Hongyuan)
,
Luo Feiyang (young Wildcat)
,
Zeng Meihuizi (pager)
,
Tuan Chun (ex-husband of Wan Qiwen)
,
Bi Yanmin (woman prisoner)
,
Xie Lixun (Zuo’s hatchet man, lover of red-hair woman)
,
Qi Xi (woman in Jade Hotel)
,
Ming Dow (policeman)
,
Long Zezhi (blond man in pool hall)

Festivals

Cannes (Un Certain Regard)
,
Toronto
,
San Sebastián
,
New York
,
Vancouver
,
London 2018; Rotterdam 2019

Elsewhere

Thick with atmosphere and intense longing, Bi Gan’s audacious arthouse noir – a sensation at Cannes 2018 and a hot topic in its native China – explores the memories and regrets of a world-weary loner searching for a woman from his past. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue), drifting from one old haunt to the next in his home town of Kaili, begins to piece together fragments of his love affair with Wan Qiwen, a melancholic beauty he can neither forget nor clearly remember. The exact whereabouts of Wan – played by Chinese superstar Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) – remain unknown; that is, until Luo wanders into a dingy movie theatre and, while prompting us to don our 3D glasses, sets in motion the film’s heralded second act.

With this and his debut feature, Kaili Blues, director Bi has confirmed his stature as a poet laureate of the long take, and the 59-minute 3D tracking shot that transforms Luo’s fruitless search into a limitless dream state promises to be the most enthralling cinematic experience of this festival. Deeply committed to the aesthetics of memory, Long Day’s Journey into Night is gloriously enigmatic and truest of all to the maxim that it’s not the destination, but the journey, that matters. — Tim Wong

Long Day’s Journey into Night reaches a new level of cinematic intrigue as an immersive experience, unfolding within a surreal context that combines technical wizardry with high art. The unexpected love child of Wong Kar-wai and Andrei Tarkovsky… it’s both languorous and eye-popping at once.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire