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Ashes of Time Redux

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Les Cendres du temps redux

Ashes of time redux

by Wong Kar-wai
Hong Kong


Les Cendres du temps redux

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

ARP Distribution
3 rue Jean Mermoz
75008 Paris

Year: 2008

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.


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