Long Day's Journey Into Night

Director: Bi Gan
Year Released: 2018
Rating: 2.0

Afflicted with a bad case of oneitis, Luo (Huang Jue) - a killer-by-trade - returns to his hometown to look for the girl he left behind, Wan (Tang Wei): the first hour or so is mostly scenes of them together, the second is an hour-long 'single take' (in 3D) where he goes on a very long walk.  You can tell that Bi has pulled a lot from other filmmakers he admires - Wong Kar-Wai, Tsai Ming-Liang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Zhang Yimou - and even from video games, but there's a difference between designing and photographing a scene in a beautiful way and making what's in that scene resonate emotionally, which he, at present, is unable to do.  The "long take" sequence is significantly better than the messy first half because it at least forces Bi to tell whatever "story" there is in a linear fashion ... and even if there were digital 'tricks' he used to assemble it, it looks seamless.  I think it's funny that this movie led to confusion among viewers in China who couldn't understand it - it was trending on social media - so I'll simplify it for everyone: the only way to 'meet' the woman of your dreams is in the cinema.  Go watch Fallen Angels instead.