By Neil Pedley
With the fall season's heavy hitters already starting to make an appearance, this week's feast of indie offers some calm before the big studio storm. Enjoy it while it lasts.
"Ashes of Time Redux
Celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai
gathered together lost and damaged footage to painstakingly rework his only martial arts epic, first released in 1994, into a fresh, definitive edition (complete with an all new score from Yo-Yo Ma
). With a blindingly colorful palette, Wong paints a looping, stylized portrait of an embittered agent Ouyang Feng (the late Leslie Cheung
) who channels the unbearable pain of a broken heart into commissioning bounty hunters to commit acts of vengeance. Tony Leung Ka Fai
, Maggie Cheung
, Carina Lau
and Jacky Cheung
round out the still-impressive cast.
Opens in New York and Los Angeles.
"Body of Lies"
In terms of the global espionage thriller, orange is the new