Ashes of Time: Redux

Directed by Wong Kar Wai
2008
Hong Kong, Taiwan
93 minutes
Originally released in 1994, Wong Kar Wai revisited his film a decade later, to create the definitive version of his epic martial arts tale of love, revenge and honour.
While Days of Being Wild failed to ignite the box office, its critical success confirmed Wong Kar Wai as a major filmmaker at home and abroad. Inspired by characters in Jin Yong’s novel The Eagle Shooting Heroes, Wong embarked on a grand, historical tale that centred on a jaded, lone swordsman, Ouyang Feng (Leslie Cheung), eking out a living as a gun for hire and longing to forget the woman he left behind (Maggie Cheung). Stationed in a remote desert outpost, he encounters a series of characters on their own specific quest, including the blind swordsman (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), Northern Beggar (Jacky Cheung), Murong Yin/Yang (Brigitte Lin) and Huang Yaoshi (Tony Leung Ka-fai). Boasting an A-List cast and impressive set pieces choreographed by legendary Hong Kong action director Sammo Hung, Ashes of Time shares many elements of the classic wuxia genre but steadfastly retains Wong’s authorial stamp. When the film was originally released, he said, “the traditional martial arts film has the goal of stimulating the viewer’s senses. I wanted the senses to also be a means for expressing the characters feelings.” With stunning performances throughout, Ashes of Time Redux succeeds on both levels.
Deliriously beautiful… it isn't a film to be seen anywhere but on the largest screen available.
John Anderson, The Washington Post

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Sun 17 January
2pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Thu 28 January
6:30pm
Dendy Newtown
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Program Strand
Love & Neon: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai
Year
2008
Classification
M
Country
Hong Kong, Taiwan
Language
Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese with English subtitles
Director
Wong Kar Wai
Producer
Wong Kar Wai, Jeff Lau, Jacky Pang Yee-wah
Cast
Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Brigitte Lin
Screenwriter
Wong Kar Wai
Cinematographer
Christopher Doyle
Editor
William Chang, Patrick Tam
Genre
Retrospective
Company Credits
Jet Tone Films
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