Long Day's Journey Into Night

Directed by Bi Gan

Release Year: 2019
Running time: 140
Country: China, France
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
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Directed by: Bi Gan

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.


“Critic’s Pick! Intoxicating. Feels like dreaming with your eyes open.”

- – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Swooningly beautiful... with a staggering 59-minute 3-D tracking shot that must be seen to be believed.”

- – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Chinese box office phenomenon Long Day's Journey Into Night is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film... recalls Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai."

- – Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap

A flat-out masterpiece. If Bi Gan’s goal was to reinvent the language of film, he might have achieved that goal.”

- – Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

“Imaginatively spellbinding. An all-enveloping experience that genuinely approaches the condition of hallucination.”

- – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

“Magical. An honest-to-God, how’d-they-do-that enchantment. Ranks among the great poetic and technical achievements in recent cinema. A full-body swoon of a movie.”

- – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Mind-blowing. Brims with hallucinatory brilliance. The 3D shot of the century.”

- – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Gorgeous… mind-boggling. A feat of choreography and visual acuity that’s astonishing to behold.”

- – David Sims, The Atlantic

"Like many great filmmakers—from Alain Resnais and Andrei Tarkovsky to David Lynch and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, all of whom he recalls to varying degrees—Bi [Gan] seems to believe that new realms of cinema are possible in making the immaterial material."

- – Dennis Lim, Film Comment

“It’s impossible to describe… and even more impossible to forget."

- – Emily Yoshida, Vulture

“Staggering. A remarkable new kind of filmmaking experience.”

- – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Mesmerizing... movie magic. This is bold and rare filmmaking.”

- – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“A pièce de résistance of labyrinthine long-take camerawork, choreography, and dream logic."

- – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club

“A mind-blowing cinematographic journey.”

- – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa


Winner: Three Golden Horse Awards


Official Selection: Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival


Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival


Official Selection: New York Film Festival


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