Ashes of time redux
by Wong Kar-wai
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Screenplay: Wong Kai-wai after Louis Cha's novel
Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle
Editing: William Chang, Suk Ping, Patrick Tam
Art Director: William Chang, Suk Ping
Music: Frankie Chan, Roel A. Garcia
Cast.: Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Charlie Young
Production: Jet Tone, Beijing Film Studio
3 rue Jean Mermoz
35 mm, Color, 93 min,
OV Cantonese with French subtitles
Special Screening - Cannes 2008
Ouyang Feng has been living in the western desert for a few years. Born in the mountains of The White Camel, he left his native village when the woman he loved chose to marry his brother. Without priding himself, he hires professional killers with martial arts expertise to fulfil his contracts. Friends and clients, women or men who suffer, come to him in search of adventure or revenge. Living with the painful memory of his lost love, he becomes aware of his solitude.
Ashes of Time is a sword-film ((wu xia-pan) but Wong Kar-wai adds: "I tried to move away from martial arts as a traditional genre. Instead of depicting my characters as oversized heroes, I intended to portray them as normal people, before they actually become heroes.." This redux version the director made fourteen years after the first one, is aesthetically breathtaking.