Luo Hongwu has returned to the town of his birth 12 years after having committed a still-unpunished murder. Memories of the enigmatic and beautiful woman for whom he killed resurface, confronting him with unbearable revelations.
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It completely baffles me that anybody could be anything short of wonderstruck by Bi Gan's JOURNEY. Simply assessed as an audio-visual experience: there is nothing out there doing anything comparable, is there? It was already clear from KAILI BLUES that Bi Gan's main subject is time. He has a physicist's advanced sense of time, and a poet's skills of illustrating it. Molecular scrambling, a trip down the rabbit hole.
A sensory pleasure which evokes the liminality of wake, dream, revelation, and memory.
At once, the film carries a surrealistic aesthetic as well as a spiritualistic one. When begins the 3D one shot, a dream-like trip through time unveils hidden facets of human imagination and creation and our vulnerability to the unbeknownst.
77/100 - Very Good (3.5)
There certainly is a lot to like in Long Day's Journey into Night gorgeous neo-noir. Gan Bi sure loves his images, his sets, his cinematography and finally his 55-minute 3D long shot, but loses the rest of his film in the process. It's hard to remember anything beyond its virtuous technique.