Kaili Blues

Kaili Blues

Bi Gan / 2015 / 113 minutes / Spine #04

An audacious, richly imagined feature debut that has collected prizes around the world, Kaili Blues heralds the arrival of a major new filmmaker. Chen, a preoccupied doctor working in a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, decides to fulfill his late mother’s wish and sets off on a journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks him to also find her former lover, giving him a photograph, a shirt, and a music cassette. On the way, Chen passes through a mysterious town where distinctions between past, present, and future appear to slip away.


The Poet and the Singer (aka Diamond Sutra) (2012, 22 minutes), a  short film by Bi Gan
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  • "Absolutely extraordinary. Blessed with a magic and mystery that is utterly unique.”

    — Jonathan Demme
  • "Astonishing first film about a geography of the soul. Delineated by time, trains and regret... Contains a 40 minute single shot that traces a map of Kaili with poetic prodigious filmic chops. Why? Cinema. Why? Life."

    — Guillermo del Toro
  • "A tour de force. The most elusive and the most memorable new movie that I’ve seen in quite some time…. manages to evoke Resnais, Tarkovsky, Hou Hsiao-hsien."

    — J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books
  • "One of the best films of 2016. Breathtaking in its formal dexterity. Mesmerizing."

    — Nick Schager, Esquire
  • "Bi’s singular vision bears comparison to those of other geniuses such as Tarkovsky, Sokurov, David Lynch and Luis Buñuel. Astonishing."

    — Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
  • "Enthralling. Like Kafka by way of Apichatpong Weerasethakul."

    — Michael Nordine, The Village Voice
  • "Dazzling originality. It’s hard to emerge from this waking dream of a film without feeling the shock of the new."

    — Andrew Chan, Film Comment
  • "The film’s beauty and inventiveness are riveting. Spectacular cinematography."

    — Farran Smith Nehme, The New York Post
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