Ashes of Time Redux
Dung che sai duk
Wong Kar Wai reinvigorated the wuxia martial arts genre with this beautifully shot epic.
Hong Kong 2008
Dir Wong Kar Wai
With Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Charlie Young, Jacky Cheung, Maggie Cheung
Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
A swordsman (Leslie Cheung) wanders around the desert recounting stories of love, lust, vengeance and betrayal in Wong’s remarkable ode to wuxia. There are some outstanding fight scenes but Wong is less concerned about plot than about bruised hearts, lovelorn memories and the anguish of regret. It’s a languid sense of yearning, not action, that powers this gorgeously sand-swept, lyrical swords-and-solitude drama.