It seems that the newcomer Gan Bi is ambitious enough in his debut picture to show how much he owes to Tarkovsky, Weerasethakul, Kiarostami and of course Van Sant , and equally possessed by his “a-cinematic” passions that he become neglectful of the narrow storyline. I don`t think i am to only one who believes many of the twists and characters in the drama are artistically unjustified and theatrically pretentious.That mesmerizing 41 minute long-shot (excluding the nasty camera re-caliberations in the way) and those intentional playfulness in blurring the line of reality and dream is a true grand gesture – let alone they come from a twenty something director .
Either call Kaili Blues an snobbish eye-candy, or praise it as an brilliant homage, this movie is worth watching and we will hear from its director a lot.
P.S. Personally i rather worship Black Coal, Thin Ice as a flagship for the new Chinese art-house cinema rather to fall for Gan Bi`s somehow juvenile tricks.