Wong Kar Wai

Ashes of Time Redux

+ pre-recorded intro by season programmer Ann Lee

Dung che sai duk

Wong Kar Wai reinvigorated the wuxia martial arts genre with this beautifully shot epic.

Image from Ashes of Time

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
93min
35mm
Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Certificate 15

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.

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