Ashes of Time Redux 2008

Ashes of Time Redux

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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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When his friend Huang (Tony Leung Ka Fai) visits mercenary Ou-yang (Leslie Cheung), they trade stories including that of princess Mu-rong (Brigitte Lin), who is alternately male and female. Peach Blossom (Carina Lau) quarrels with her blind husband (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), a swordsman who wants to avenge the bereavement of a peasant girl (Maggie Cheung). The girl also attracts the favors of the swordsman Hung Chi (Jacky Cheung), who is forever trailed by his doting wife (Li Bai).

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Leslie Cheung
Ouyang Feng
Maggie Cheung
Brother's Wife
Carina Lau
Peach Blossom
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Blind Swordsman
Brigitte Lin
Mu-rong Yin , Mu-rong Yang
Roel A. García
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Christopher Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Ashes of Time Redux

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (19)

  • 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.

    November 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.

    November 13, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    November 13, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The kicks are more to the head and heart than to the body.

    October 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.

    October 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Ashes of Time Redux

  • Aug 13, 2011
    This is a difficult movie to rate. First off I will state that visually this movie is flawless and exists in a league of it's own in that department. And while I did enjoy this film immensely on that level, I still felt that the story telling aspect left a lot to be desired. I am aware that this redux version has a lot of fat cut, and the fuller, longer version might have been more to my liking, but i am reviewing the redux version alone here. Not to say this cimplaint hindered my enjoyment too much, I still enjoyed what is on display here. The loss of points are more for what isn't there rather than what is. I did feel it was difficult to follow what was going on and none of the characters were really very engaging for me though, As I said though this film is a visual feast and is worth seeing on those merits alone. Could have been better but still recommended.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2011
    Some would say confusing at times, and many people talking life lessons, and more, but stick with it, and you will get a lot out of it, a interesting story of a assassin living it out in the dessert ready for hire, and waiting for foes, and indeed friends to drop by who are also fellow assassins, and we see his dealings with love and love lost, not just from him but through them, he gets involved somehow. the film is beautyful to look at, its slow moving but purposely, and some nice action beats when needed, and certainly a story about loss and lonelyness. a film about a charactor looking over his life.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2009
    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.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2009
    didn't find it interesting enough and the story I understood it but it was a mess and hard... In ancient China, Ouyang Feng is a fallen swordsman who is afraid of love after having his heart broken. But the bounty hunters that work for him, like "Blind Swordsman" and Hung Chi, discover the intangible secret of true love while Ouyang retains his attitude towards his fighters and the precious lessons they have taught. Ou-yang Feng (Leslie Cheung) lives in the middle of a desert, where he acts as a middle man to various swordsmen in ancient China. One of those swordsmen is Huang Yao-shi (Tony Leung), who has found some magic wine that causes one to forget the past. At another time, Huang met Mu-rong Yin (Brigette Lin) and under the influence of drink, promised to marry Mu-rong's sister Mu-rong Yang. Huang jilts her, and Mu-rong Yin hires Ou-yang to kill Huang. But then Mu-rong Yang hires Ou-yang to protect Huang. This is awkward, because Mu-rong Yang and Mu-rong Yin are in reality the same person. Other unrelated plot lines careen about. Among them is Ou-yang's continuing efforts to destroy a band of horse thieves. Oy-yang recruits another swordsman (Tony Leung, but the other one), a man who is going blind and wants to get home to see his wife before his sight goes completely. The swordsman is killed. Ou-yang then meets another swordsman (Jackie Cheung) who doesn't like wearing shoes. Oy-yang sends this man after the horse thieves, with better results. We then find out what a man must give up to follow the martial path.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer

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