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).
“Writer-director Bi Gan takes you on a rapturous ride through the night that will knock you for a loop, especially with a sexy, violent, 50-minute climax that now stands as the 3D Shot of the Century.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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. (Dir. by Bi Gan, 2019, China/France, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 140 mins., Not Rated)