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"Long Day's Journey..."

It helps a bit to have gotten used to the director's very original style first in, "Kaili Blues." Also, LDJIN is set in the same area/town and some characters are the same.

The director is a poet and some of his poetry is read during the film. That's a key to enjoying his films: it's all about the feeling and mood that the images, sound, and words convey. He explores the strange area between immediate experience, memory, and dream. A totally unique film style that does take some effort to understand but paradoxically then must be experienced through relaxation of the usual narrative exercise.

There is a split in the film that cleverly occurs in a theater. The film really should be experienced (as I did at a film festival) with 3D glasses: the last hour is one long take done in that medium.

Like "Burning," the brilliant S. Korean film, the films of Bi Gan must be viewed several times.

"Black Coal, Thin Ice" is yet another excellent Chinese film. Lastly, "An Elephant Sitting Still:" more traditional in its storytelling, perhaps, but 4 stories weaved together so cleverly they feel as one.

Edits: 05/25/20 05/25/20

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