With just his second feature., writer-director Bi Gan can most certainly taste from the cup of auteur filmmaker. It is miles away from Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece (cross-reference below), but, nonetheless, manages to fulfill the promise of the title by displaying raw human emotion, albeit on a much “calmer” canvas.
Those tempted to switch the subtitles off and turn the sound down, will be visually rewarded by some of the finest cinematography (led by Hung-I Yao) and editing (masterfully realized by Yanan Qin) lately seen on the big screen.
The main cast (Sylvia Chang, Yongzhong Chen, Jue Huang, Hong-chi Lee, Meng Li, Wei Tang) quietly declaim their lines, produce looks that speak volumes and offer gestures that leave no doubt as to their inner feelings.
The fanciful narrative and deliberately slow pace—replete with dreamy visions, mysterious pasts, pomelo fruit, ghosts, ping pong and pool hall challenges, the threat of violence, the reality of sex, along with the metaphorical green book of love coupled with a beauty in a green dress—is a marvel of cinematic storytelling that no true cinematiste will want to miss. JWRp/>