Terrific!! I'd had the old vhs tape of this for a while, but this film was long overdue for a dvd release and it finally got one from Mei Ah! that gave me the chance to enjoy this film even more, it it really is a great film! it's an early effort by Derek Yee, and like a lot of work from him, as well as Ringo Lam, etc. it's characters are painted in shades of grey. Ti Lung is excellent in the lead, but a young Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is equally good in a strong supporting role. starting off with a bank robbery gone wrong, the film doesn't waste any time and the tension is extremely high throughout. the new dvd out is great, and will hopefully give this film the chance to be seen that it deserves. highly recommended!!
I would certainly consider Ashes of Time to be one of Wong Kar-Wai's masterpieces, as well as being one of the most interesting Wuxia-pian pieces of all time, at least from a character standpoint, although the film truly needs to watched a 2nd time to fully appreciate it. It has an excellent cast with Leslie Cheung, both Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Brigitte Lin, etc., the only thing I could ask for would be more of Maggie Cheung, but according to her she was only on set for 2 days. Christopher Doyle's cinematography is terrific as always and captures the desert landscape to it's full effect (especially with an incredible shot of lightning streaking through the sky), and Frankie Chan has created a moody score that fits perfectly. unfortuantely for some people, Sammo Hung's action choreography is largely obscured here, but the action isn't the film's focus in a Wong Kar-Wai film anyways so it really doesnt matter. it's probably best viewed alone, but the Mei Ah dvd is the one to find, as the US release is terrible.