Bi Gan wrote and directed Kaili Blues, a Chinese film released in 2015.
Chen Sheng, an ex-convict, works as a doctor in a small town. Chen squabbles with Crazy Face, his half-brother, about how he neglects his son Weiwei. When Weiwei vanishes, Chen suspects Crazy Face of selling the boy into slavery. Chen travels to Zhenyuan in order to reclaim Weiwei. Chen wanders into Dangmai, a mystical village where the past, present, and future collide.
The majority of the cast members are non-professional actors that live in the area. When creating their characters, Bi took into account the performers' personal life. Bi's uncle, Chen Yongzhong, plays the lead role Chen Sheng, a former mobster like the character.
Kaili Blues was mostly shot in Bi's hometown of Kaili City. Ping Liang, a neighbouring settlement, was used to film the scenes in Dangmai. After completing Dangmai's 41-minute take, the film's money was depleted. To complete the film, Bi gathered a small crew to shoot the remaining scenes with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Bi proposed the title Huang ran lu, after the work The Book of Disquiet by Portuguese novelist Fernando Pessoa. It was, however, turned down because it was too depressing. The Chinese title derives from the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers, which Tarkovsky translated into the 1979 film Stalker.
Kaili Blues had its world premiere at the 68th Locarno Festival on August 11, 2015. It earned 4.49 million yuan in its first weekend. In China, it made a total of 6.46 million yuan.
At Locarno, the film was named Best Emerging Director, and at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards, it was named Best New Film Director. in the 37th Three Continents Festival in Nantes, and the Golden Montgolfiere Prize