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7.4
/10
1,517 Ratings

Ashes of Time

Dung che sai duk

Directed by Wong Kar-wai
China, Taiwan, 1994
Action, Drama

Synopsis

Swordsman Ou-yang Feng was once a ruthless bounty hunter for whoever would pay. Now leaving the killing to others, he owns a desert inn where he spends the day pining after his brother’s wife. Among his current employees is his friend Huang Yao-shi, whose annual visits are one of his rare pleasures.

Our take

A 2008 re-assembled version of the 1994 film by Wong Kar-wai (who shot Chungking Express during this film’s long production), Ashes of Time Redux stars two of Wong’s favorites: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung. This free-floating wuxia is a striking, mesmerising viewing experience.

Ashes of Time Directed by Wong Kar-wai

Critics reviews

Ashes of Time is neither the greatest nor the most accessible Wong film I’ve seen — Days of Being Wild (1991) is better, and Chungking Express is more accessible. But it’s certainly the wildest as well as the grandest in scale, and it probably bears greater witness to some of the recent changes in Chinese cinema.
March 10, 1995
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