Ashes of Time Redux (2008)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Ashes of Time Redux
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.
Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.
I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ashes of Time Redux Quotes
|Ou-yang Feng:||If you don't want to be turned down by people, the best way is to turn them down first.|
|Ou-yang Feng:||The harder you try to forget something, the more it will stick in your memory. Once I heard someone say that if you have to lose something, the best way to keep it in your memory.|
|Ou-yang Feng:||People say, when you can't have what you want, the best you can do is not to forget.|
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