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Ashes of Time Redux (Bilingual) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Writers: Kar Wai Wong, Louis Cha
  • Producers: Kar Wai Wong, Jacky Yee Wah Pang, Jeffrey Lau, Johnnie Kong, Kei Shu
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: March 3 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001O7SWHG
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Product Description

Actors: Brigitte Lin - Jacky Cheung - Leslie Cheung - Maggie Cheung - Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Director: Kar Wai Wong. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 94 Minutes. Language: Chinese. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Action. Subgenre: Adventure. Release Year: 2009.

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Format: Blu-ray
Everything is exactly as mentioned in the other reviews. I haven't seen the regular version of this movie, but I don't care to because I enjoy this version. The storyline involving the girl who disguises herself as a guy gets a little confusing, and thus weird, but it really isn't key to the greater story. This isn't an action movie, it is more reflective. Something to watch every once in a blue moon.
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This movie has haunted me for years. I saw it some time ago in the cinema and bought the movie. I watched it again and was impressed by the large topics illuminated in the project and the moody visual impact. It lay in my cupboard for several years and I brought it out recently to show my family. They didn't get it. They are unfamiliar with Chinese martial arts and methods of storytelling. I found the film even more compelling than the previous times I'd seen it. I have since lent it to a friend and cannot get it back. This loss has resulted in an acute longing to retrieve it so I can revisit the atmosphere of this sublime piece of work. I am reading the book by Wimal Dissanayake entitled, "Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time", and it has educated me about the movie's background and offered rare glimpses into the director's motivation and vision. I'm buying the movie again because it is a rare jewel that combines emotion, stylized fighting, philosophical issues of identity and passion, and gorgeous visual compositions. The outdoor shots are wide and glorious, the indoor shots filled with symbolic imagery, and the close-ups of the people are iconic. I love the storytelling aspect of the film as it resonates inside the viewer's mind as inner dialogue. This renders the material very personal and the themes acquire mythological significance. Memory is a fascinating subject for study as it shifts and fragments over time according to the desires of the present moment. I look forward to letting this film change me again.
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I bought this DVD a year ago and just stared at it. It looked like a violent pure martial art movie, and being a Wong Kar Wai I worried I would not catch onto the plot and would have to watch it a couple times.

First, Brigitte Lin; knew her a bit from Chungking Express -- but wow she can act. Without giving the plot away I fell right into WTF is going on with her "character" and was totally surprised when it all came clear. She give hints with little things -- gestures, sounds, that seem "out of place" and then the Yin and Yang thing hit us over the head if we were not figuring it out.

The visuals are just stunning, and they occur all the way through the movie. The music -- largely re-recorded including the voices as they mentioned Leslie Cheung (having passed away in real life) created a real problem on the soundtrack -- but by good happenstance they found good "sound" for his parts.

The end brings it all together and we see how all these characters, seeming unconnected (all dropping by to see the Leslie Cheung for his "services") come together to make it all make really sad sense. So much truth in what is being said, it will hit too close to home for many I think. It did for me -- maybe everyone has their high school loves (or innocent loves) that did not survive because we were just too darn young to see our "life" at that moment and the importance of true love.

As usual for the "acquired taste" Wong Kar Wai film -- I highly recommend this

Also the documentary "making of" is terrific, runs about 10 minutes and is worth a peek even before you watch the movie.
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Years ago I watched the first version of this movie and it broke my heart. I mean, after delicate and audio-video-stunning movies as 'In the Mood for Love', '2046', or 'Chungking Express', I expected nothing less from Wong Kar Wai. Unfortunately, this film disappointed me (a lot!). A convoluted, great story, but really poor image and sound, which actually cut the mood. And the ridiculous 2 cents sword fights, good enough for your regular asian swords movie, but utterly out of place here. And all the confusion - who said what, who did what...

After 4 years or so of hard work rebuilding the movie from 'parts', spread here and there on planet Earth (the original master is lost), here we are - there was, indeed, light! The author said in one of the interviews put on the redux version DVD that he didn't want to change anything and he kept the original version, only remastered, with better audio and video. Well, it's a plain lie! He reorganized the sequences, made some subtle but significant changes in dialogue lines, got rid of the unnecessary battle sequences and stylized a bit more the others etc. - eventually we have almost the same movie, but a really different one at the same time. The story, image, acting, music, philosophy, feeling - are all true Wong Kar Wai now and this is one of his most important works, equal to the above mentioned films in greatness. I strongly recommend it to anyone in love with those movies.
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After reading a few rave reviews, I purchased this DVD and found it somewhat lacking. To its credit, there are some scenes that are quite beautiful; the combination of cinematography and acting combine to create beautiful moments. My favorite portion of the movie is about Yin/Yang. I think her fighting her schizophrenic reflection in the water is awesome (though the watery explosions just felt mega-cheesy). Beyond this, however, the story IS quite difficult to follow, and I found myself constantly asking "Ok, is this the other guy or someone new...?" I might find it more appealing after multiple viewings, as the story line might coalesce for me. I would proabably have gotten more out of the movie if I understood the stories from which it was derived; it's like watching the 2nd half of a movie. Now on the major downside, the transfer was clearly shaky - regardless of how good or bad translations are, they aren't always fully viewable on the screen. The fight scenes are sparse (which is ok), but most are filmed in "BlurryVision" - meaning most of the movement on the screen is nothing but whirling blurs with very cheesy-sounding effects. Were it a campy martial arts flick, I wouldn't mind, but when combined with the dramatic intensity of other scenes, it just feels completely misaligned, like I'm watching two different genres of movies that were spliced together. If you appreciated the precision and grace of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with elegant choreography and nice wirework, don't expect to see any of that in Ashes of Time... just lots of blurs and maybe some blood. To some, the fights might seem er... artsy, but to me, they just look sloppy. Were this movie filled with more captivating dramaic scenes and without the blurry fights, I'd have liked it a lot more.
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