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  • Summary: The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marryThe film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he ends up as an agent. When people come to him with a wish to eliminate someone who has wronged them, he puts them in touch with a swordsman who can do the job. (Sony Picture Classics) Expand
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  1. 89
    Dreamlike, disjointed, and possessed of a stunningly complex sensual and narrative poetry that may confound audiences not familiar with Chinese director Wong's defining stylistic tropes, Ashes of Time Redux is, simply, one of the most gorgeous films ever made.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    80
    Deliriously beautiful movie.
  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.
  4. Strange and beautiful and transfixing and confusing, it's quite the sight - martial-arts fans may find themselves disappointed, but Wong Kar-wai addicts will be delighted.
  5. Windblown, with a sage and playful Zen vibe, Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Redux is a color-saturated, slo-mo martial arts piece about time, memory, love, regret, betrayal.
  6. As in the original version, the fights are outweighed by existential angst and Buddhist introspection, but the sequence in which a blind swordsman (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) takes on an army of thieves is still gangbusters.
  7. Ashes of Time Redux remains a hermetic and rather frustrating work, dotted by lonely, windblown figures dwarfed by the sand dunes of western China.

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  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. 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 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. Collapse
  3. 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 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

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