Greed and betrayal go hand in hand, fueled by each other's existence. Democracy is a myth that is dying with the erasure of tradition. Old customs are alien to the new guard. A brilliantly complex game of chase, all in the name of upholding tradition. So complex, in fact, that neither myself nor some of the characters knew what was going to happen next. In this game of lying criminals playing emperors, friends are betrayed and foes are made friends before being betrayed. Hands are bloodied, and oaths are broken, without a shred of guilt. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" has never been more apt.
Equal parts sprawling epic and a labyrinthine odyssey into a phantasmagoric dreamland. Long Day's Journey Into Night is what it feels like to try to stay afloat in a dream which is unceasingly seeking to drown you. It is, without a doubt, one of the most visually arresting and scintillating films ever made.
Like peeling an onion, Luo Hongwu's past is discovered layer by layer in the most oblique of manners. Juxtaposed with his present, Long Day's Journey Into Night…
The clock had struck midnight. It was April 1, 2019. Faye Wong's cover of Dreams started playing, and I will never forget the goosebumps it gave me. With a sudden outburst of tears, I had just finished watching Chungking Express for the second time in my life. I had also turned 18.
April 1, 2020. Lockdown was in full effect. I honestly don't care all that much about celebrating my birthday, but I felt rather empty having to stay home…