Ashes of Time Redux

Ashes of Time Redux

Wong Kar-Wai (2008)

89min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Wong Kar-Wai here revisits his 1994 adaptation of Jin Yong's classic martial arts novel The Eagle-Shooting Heroes, starring Leslie Cheung as a man who becomes a cynical, embittered agent for contract killers after being rejected in love. The original film shattered the conventions of the genre by prioritising emotion over action and reducing the fight sequences to impressionistic blurs. This re-editing changes surprisingly little; the temporal shifts are just as obscure and the vignettes remain as slender as the performances are precious. Even so, Cheung's anecdotes about chivalric swordsmen (Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Jacky Cheung), elusive beauties (Maggie Cheung) and siblings who may be a gender-bending schizophrenic (Brigitte Lin) matter much less than the sensuality of cinematographer Christopher Doyle's hypnotic experiments with light, shade and colour. So watch this twice - once to fathom the fragmentary structure and once simply to surrender to the audacious visual mastery.

Summary

Cantonese drama following the fortunes of a desert-dwelling woman, a blind swordsman pitted against horse rustlers, and a man whose amnesia-inducing wine leads to romantic complications. Starring Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka Fai and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. In Cantonese and Mandarin.

Cast & Crew

Ouyang Feng Leslie Cheung
Murong Yin / Murong Yang Brigitte Lin
Blind Swordsman Tony Leung (2)
Peach Blossom Carina Lau
Huang Yaoshi Tony Leung (1)
The girl Charlie Yeung
Hong Qi Jacky Cheung
Brother's wife Maggie Cheung
Director Wong Kar-Wai
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Other Information

Language: Cantonese +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 12 Sep 2008

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