Ashes of Time Redux

  • 93'
  • Hong Kong
  • 2008
Although sometimes described as Wong Kar Wai's adaptation of the Jin Yong novel Legend of the Condor Heroes, it would probably be more accurate to call Ashes of Time the wuxia version of Days of Being Wild. Despite marking his first venture into wuxia, Ashes of Time saw Wong disregard the conventions of the genre in favour of probing into the lives of the three heroes, drawing out sentimental themes of love and loss. The use of voice over driving multiple plot lines, the monologue quality of the dialogues, the baroque quality of its music and the self-conscious lyricism of its images have all added to the defamiliarisation of wuxia conventions. Although the three major battle scenes are choreographed differently, each one does away with the traditional wuxia conventions of movements and battle arrays. Without a doubt, Ashes of Time is an auteur film that shows the wuxia genre in a whole new light.

Director
Wong Kar-wai
Country of production
Hong Kong
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
93'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Dung che sai duk
Languages
Cantonese, Mandarin
Producers
Wong Kar-wai, Jeffrey Lau
Production Company
Jettone Films Limited
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Wong Kar-wai, based on a novel by Louis Cha
Cinematography
Christopher Doyle
Editor
Patrick Tam, William Chang
Production Design
William Chang
Music
Frankie Chan, Roel A. Garcia
Cast
Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution
Website
http://ashesoftimeredux.com