Ashes of Time Redux (2008)

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Critic Consensus: Wong Kar Wai's redux, with a few slight changes from his 1994 classic, is a feast for the eyes, if a little difficult to follow.


Movie Info

Master Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directed this lyrical, dream-like martial arts epic. A famously troubled shoot, the film took two years and 40 million dollars to produce (a shocking sum for a national cinema populated with low-budget quickies) and features a virtual who's-who of the Hong Kong film world. Conceived as a prequel to the popular martial arts novel The Eagle-Shooting Hero by Jin Yong, the movie is less a straightforward action thriller than a visually striking meditation on … More

Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Art House & International , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Kar-Wai Wong, Kar Wai Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 3, 2009
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Murong Yin/Murong Ya...

as Ouyang Feng

as Brother's Wife

as Hong Qi

as Huang Yaoshi

as Hong Qi's Wife

as Peach Blossom

as Hong Qi's Wife

as Peach Blossom

as Huang Yaoshi
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Critic Reviews for Ashes of Time Redux

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (31)

For this director's cut, Wong has trimmed several minutes and reorganized the narrative according to the passage of seasons, though the plot is still impenetrable.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.

Full Review… | November 13, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Wong Kar Wai seems considerably more out of his depth than other Chinese filmmakers who have slummed in the martial arts genre. This can't compare to Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin or Yimou Zhang's House of Flying Daggers.

Full Review… | November 13, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The kicks are more to the head and heart than to the body.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Toronto Star
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Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ashes of Time Redux

certainly one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. but honestly, what the hell just happened? would kill to see this projected though

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rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

No doubt a well made film and with great cinematography. However it was a little confusing at times to follow the story and who were friends and who were enemies. The big disappointment for me was I had expected something along the lines of Hero or House of flying daggers. Unfortunately this is a different type of film altogether and barely has any fight scenes, and when there are they are a blur. Definitely more of a drama than a martial arts film.

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Deano78
Dean !

Super Reviewer

Oh yes! Finally saw it. I don't believe that I saw the original unless it was at the Film Festival many years ago but I like it...Wong Kar Wai doing the traditional Chinese epic story...and doing it in a very unique manner. Not a lot of effects for the ideas but plenty of character.

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John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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