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Ashes of Time Redux (Bilingual) [Import]
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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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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.
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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This is great movie. No doubt about it, but quality of DVD is horrible. Picture sometimes got blurred, sound is very low quality. This is worst DVD ever. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004
This was an incredible film. Perhaps I'm biased simply because I AM Chinese; then again, everyone has to admit the plot was complex and well thought out. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003
I won't discuss the movie wich I'm a big fan. I'll just say: don't buy this DVD, buy the Mei Ha edition, wich is not great but much much better than that one, or wait for the Jet... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by MightyTofu
Seriously: the sound is the worst I have encountered on any DVD release, a big part of the screen is covered with a dark grey box to cover the original subtitles - there is a lot... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2002
When I first watched the movie, I was left wondering what the film was about. I didn't get it at all and only liked the music but my best friend kept telling me how much he... Read morePublished on July 10 2002 by Charles Pinady
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