Ashes of Time (1994)

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A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.


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25 April 2004 | vid-10
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| Slow, beautiful and intense... best viewed if you are alone
Although I enjoy them, I seldom re-watch slow and introspective movies. Ashes of Time is the exception to the rule, as it haunts me so much that I have already given it three viewings! It may be because of the wonderful pictures, the essential yet poignant dialogues or the grave & epic music, nevertheless Ashes of Time is a fascinating movie!

Set in a tavern in the middle of the desert, it tells us stories of different swordsmen and deals with the theme of unrequited love. All the people, in fact, had to face a rejection.. and now strive to find a way to overcome the delusion and go on with their life. Swordsmanship is mostly viewed as an outlet to bring out the inner passions and frustrations.

The protagonist, Ouyang Feng [Leslie Cheung] is one of those swordsmen, who left his lady [Maggie Cheung] and his village to pursue fame and glory, convinced that she would have waited for him to return. Now instead he faces loneliness and the fact that she has married his elder brother.

The most peculiar aspect of the movie is the pictures, so beautifully shot that each still can make a wonderful portrait. Even the battles, rather than being filmed continuously, are rendered as a sequence of separate shots, thus remaining more indelibly impressed in our head. Indeed, the movie also focuses about memory (whom the movie title probably refers to) and its power to keep alive moments of the past, that otherwise would perish in the flow of time. Highly recommended! 9/10

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Release Date:

17 September 1994

Language

Mandarin, Cantonese


Country of Origin

Hong Kong, Taiwan

Filming Locations

China

Box Office

Budget:

HKD40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,372 12 October 2008

Gross USA:

$174,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,977,198

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