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Ashes of Time

Director: Wong Kar-Wai

Hong Kong| 1994. English subtitles. Colour. 95 min.


This little-seen martial arts movie features an all-star cast, extraordinary cinematography by Chris Doyle and innovative action sequences choreographed by Samo Hung. Wong’s most ambitious work, Ashes of Time takes characters from a famous martial arts novel (Jin Yong’s The Eagle-Shooting Heroes) and deposits them in the middle of a vast desert to work through their various obsessions and manias: set in the eye of an off-screen storm, it’s a tender group portrait of fallible people crawling from the wreckage of their lives. At its emotional core is Brigitte Lin playing a self dangerously divided between Yin and Yang. (With Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung.)

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