Wong was very fond of step-printing during the 90s. It works great for introspective images (such as through the rainy window in Fallen Angels), but its used to frustrating excess during fight sequences in Ashes of Time. So we get a mash-up of Wuxia "sword ballet" with confusing, nonsensical movement. But still, you'll gasp when Brigitte Lin summons pillars of water, or when Tony Leung blows a fireball off his blade.
as pessoas transitam num deserto (metafórico e literal) onde a memória errática se perpetua na colorida paisagem construída por wong kar-wai. em certo ponto, uma espadachim duela contra seu próprio reflexo na água e seu arrependimento é sentido por todas as personagens; elas querem reconfigurar o passado através dos relacionamentos presentes.
I watched the Redux Version. In my humble opinion, ASHES OF TIME is director Wong Kar-Wai's overlooked masterpiece. It offered a different kind of Wuxia genre. Although I gave the same five-stars, I (slightly) liked this movie than CHUNGKING EXPRESS. It's poetic, intriguing, and beautifully filmed. I loved Christopher Doyle's camerawork from the first minute I saw this movie. I'm gonna watch this movie again soon...
Containing the great Leslie Cheung most thoughtful performance, this is also Wong's most ravishing film. Again forgetfulness is a major theme and consolation for some of the heartbroken characters. Some seem unable to remember who they are from moment to moment. The flash editing style in the monumental battle scenes is elegant, disorienting and has to be seen to be believed (or not.) Drink the wine, forget.
Interesting throughout but it never reaches an emotional peak even approaching those that can be found in Kar-Wai's best. Also, though it's an admittedly unfair criticism, I can't help but feel that the abundance of recent films with blue-orange color scheme that flood the market has somewhat tempered my enjoyment of this film's visual, with the exception of the shots of the women and horse which were sublime.
Desde su escondite, un hombre será testigo de drama ajenos. Forasteros a los que conoce poco o nada, pero que a fin de cuentas va reconociendo algo a fin en ellos. "Cenizas del tiempo" coincide el encuentro de individuos que han decidido abandonar sus tierras producto de una búsqueda o una carencia. Es bien a la aventura o al amor. Dicho destierro será estrategia para madurar cualquiera de estas necesidades.