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ASHES OF TIME REDUX

Hong Kong, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Wong Kar Wai

ASHES OF TIME REDUX

"The film is Mr Wong's most abstract endeavor, a bold excursion into the realm of pure cinema." - New York Times

In ancient China, a vagabond swordsman earns his living by hiring others as assassins. His heart was long ago hardened by the betrayal of a woman, but his encounters make him reflect on his lost love.

Cut together by director Wong Kar-wai from a variety of prints of the original, this is the definitive version of his rarely seen martial arts film. Digitally tweaked and tightened, Ashes of Time Redux remains pure Wong - a visually bold film that centres on unrequited longing and emotional frustration, rather than the sword fights of wuxia cinema.

A star-studded cast includes both Tony Leungs, Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung, and masterful camera work by Christopher Doyle (Rabbit-Proof Fence).


D/S Wong Kar Wai P Wong Kar Wai, Jeff Lau Dist Madman L Mandarin, Cantonese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/93mins

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