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Ashes of Time Redux Reviews

November 14, 2008
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
Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2008
I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2008
The kicks are more to the head and heart than to the body.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2008
Martial-arts fans may find themselves disappointed, but Wong Kar-wai addicts will be delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2008
Shot by Wong's longtime cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, Ashes is dreamy and splendid and definitely deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 30, 2008
Wong's reworking hasn't made Ashes more coherent, but it's still a gorgeous enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2008
The reworked version is a visual feast, even if the human dimension seems somewhat shortchanged.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2008
The film has been remastered and reordered. But the story, such as it is, remains secondary to Wong's sensibility. Even in violence, the movie billows and lilts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2008
With apologies to all the flat-screen salesmen and mail-order movie companies, it isn't a film to be seen anywhere but on the largest screen available.
October 17, 2008
Elliptical, sweeping, lovely and thoroughly confusing, Ashes of Time Redux is not a film to rent. It's well worth paying to see it on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2008
The film has all the visual flourishes we expect of Doyle and Wong, and they're reason enough to see Ashes of Time Redux. Just don't expect to make sense of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2008
Only in its final scenes do the usual WKW themes emerge in full bloom, but purists shouldn't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2008
Ashes is glorious and ultimately wrenching, but it's a tough journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 9, 2008
Provides a fascinating glimpse down a path perhaps advisedly not taken.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 8, 2008
For the love of all things sensual and mysterious, see this one on a big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 8, 2008
Ashes of Time remains less an example of early Asia Extreme than one of Asia Extremely Confusing. But Wong's strength has always been his use of screen sensuality, and this colorful revision ups the expressionism to dizzying heights.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
October 8, 2008
In a move that would become his trademark, Wong rejects the happy ending for the almost ecstatically sad, making your heart soar even as he tells you, essentially, that it's impossible, all of it -- that it'll never work.
October 6, 2008
Ignore the incomprehensible storyline and soak in the melancholy mood of Wong's ethereal vision.
October 1, 2008
One feels the passionate intensity of the filmmaker in every strand of his luminously intricate narrative.
September 12, 2008
It makes for frustrating and unreasonably demanding viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5