• Studio: HKFM
  • Release Date: Oct 10, 2008
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
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  1. KevinS.
    Mar 3, 2009
    1
    This film is one of the worst movies I've ever seem. What a waste of time and money. I'm just glad it wasn't longer. I view a lot of movies of all kinds, and keep an open mind, but bad is bad.
  2. JoeyL
    Apr 4, 2009
    0
    This movie is bad. You know those movies that are so bad, they're actually good? This isn't one of them. This is just bad. Wait, I take that back. It's worse, because it tempts you to keep watching, seducing you with the taunting condescension of "watch me 'cause this is real art... bitch." Sadly it's not art... it's barely f-art. It's so agonizingly This movie is bad. You know those movies that are so bad, they're actually good? This isn't one of them. This is just bad. Wait, I take that back. It's worse, because it tempts you to keep watching, seducing you with the taunting condescension of "watch me 'cause this is real art... bitch." Sadly it's not art... it's barely f-art. It's so agonizingly slow, confusing and boring that it's like staring at a pretty question mark. I lasted about 50 min before I had to shut it off. I feel like I just held my breath for 2 minutes for putting up with it that long. Expand
  3. JeffreyY.
    Oct 12, 2008
    10
    The best movie from Wong Kar Wai. A highly underrated film and this remake was although I feel unnecessary, it did help give this film a second chance. By no means is this a "martial arts" film like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, or Fearless. It is about unrequited love. It is about life. It is about fear. It is about death. What is life? What is happiness? Sadness? Morever, what The best movie from Wong Kar Wai. A highly underrated film and this remake was although I feel unnecessary, it did help give this film a second chance. By no means is this a "martial arts" film like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, or Fearless. It is about unrequited love. It is about life. It is about fear. It is about death. What is life? What is happiness? Sadness? Morever, what are all of these without memory? Is having a good memory good or bad? Is it better to be simple or complicated? What are rules? What should a man's life's purpose be? It is so much and all of these questions, themes, etc weave into the story so well. And to know the backstory behind these characters (fans of Louis Cha's Shooting Eagle or Condor Heroes books), it is an extra plus, but I think this is still a great drama/love story nonetheless. Nothing short of a 10. The cinematography by doyle, the acting from Hong Kong's greatest actors Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, etc.. it marked a turn of an era in Hong Kong film BEFORE all the talent went to hollywood. Amazing amazing soundtrack. Up there with the likes of Braveheart.. so memorable.. dont take my word for it. Go see this movie. I can;t wait for the remastered bluray. Collapse
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    50
    Martial-arts lovers may find it too arty, and art-film lovers, Wong's international fan base, may find it too generic and too violent.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    The temptation of artists to fiddle with their earlier works brings predictably mixed results in Ashes of Time: Redux.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    80
    Wittily, earnestly, gorgeously sets up the paradox he has returned to throughout his career--that of romantic memory as both scourge and succor.