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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Film Review: Haunting Memory Play Culminates in Bravura 3D Sequence

Not to be confused with Eugene O’Neill’s play or any of its subsequent screen adaptations, Chinese box office phenomenon “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” is a mesmerizing hallucination of a film, a journey through one man’s memories for a truth that may not exist. Tang Wei and Huang Jue play a doomed romantic pair in Bi Gan’s languid thriller, which owes a tremendous debt to the likes of Tarkovsky, Malick and Wong Kar-wai even as it forges its own indelible, impressionistic path.

Huang (“The Hidden Sword”) plays Luo Hongwu, a man returning to his hometown of Kaili after the death of his father. Besieged by memories of his past — including a relationship with gangster’s moll Wan Qiwen, who disappeared many years ago on the eve of them running away together — Luo revisits old acquaintances and reflects on the impact of the people he has lost.

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