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451 Ratings

Kaili Blues

Lu bian ye can

Directed by Bi Gan
China, 2015
Drama, Mystery


In the mystical province of Guizhou, there is a small county clinic surrounded by fog. At the Kaili clinic, there are two doctors who live quiet, lonely lives. One of the doctors, Chen Sheng, embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew, who had been abandoned by his brother.

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Kaili Blues Directed by Bi Gan

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best Emerging Director - Filmmakers of the Present

2015 | Special Mention: Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Bi Gan’s non-linear moving images (I wouldn’t call it a film just now) are a fascinating example of Daniel Frampton’s filmmind. His images are free floating, The film moves to wherever it wants to move. Past, present, future – it all seems to be one.
January 24, 2019
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Beautiful, mysterious, lyrical, somehow relaxing in spite of its sadness and implications of dread.
December 27, 2016
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One looping shot, reflecting a Buddhist view of the universe as an endless cycle of life, death, and reincarnation, adds to the film’s hallucinatory aura, as does a trippy, ethereal score by Lim Giong (a frequent collaborator of Jia Zhangke and Hou Hsiao-hsien). Bi Gan directed this boldly original debut feature.
August 11, 2016
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