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

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Director:
Writers:
Louis Cha (novel)
Kar Wai Wong (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 September 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
10 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Slow, beautiful and intense... best viewed if you are alone See more (42 total) »

Cast

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Brigitte Lin ... Mu-rong Yin / Mu-rong Yang
Leslie Cheung ... Ou-yang Feng

Maggie Cheung ... The Woman

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Blind Swordsman
Jacky Cheung ... Hung Chi

Tony Leung Ka Fai ... Huang Yao-shi
Li Bai ... Hung Chi's Wife

Carina Lau ... Peach Blossom

Charlie Yeung ... Young Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Wang ... (scenes deleted)
Shun Lau ... Leader of Ouyang's Opponents in Opening Battle (uncredited)

Directed by
Kar Wai Wong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Louis Cha  novel "The Eagle Shooting Heroes"
Kar Wai Wong  screenplay

Produced by
Ye-cheng Chan .... executive producer
Johnnie Kong .... line producer
Jeffrey Lau .... producer
Tsai Mu Ho .... executive producer
Kei Shu .... associate producer
Sung-Lin Tsai .... producer
Jacky Pang Yee Wah .... producer
Kar Wai Wong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frankie Chan 
Roel A. García 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Pung-Leung Kwan 
 
Film Editing by
Kit-Wai Kai 
Patrick Tam  (as Ka-Ming Tam)
William Chang (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
William Chang 
 
Set Decoration by
Yiu-Kwong But 
 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
 
Makeup Department
Mei-Wah Ko .... makeup artist
Lee-Na Kwan .... makeup artist
Bo-lin Lee .... hair stylist
Lin Tai Lee .... hair stylist
Yuk-Ho Ng .... hair stylist
Man-hua Pan .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fanny Lee .... assistant director
Catherine Sie .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jinhua Chen .... props
Ping-Chi Cheng .... props
Cheuk-Wing Cheung .... props
Wing Cheong Tam .... property master
Hsien-Heng Yu .... props
 
Sound Department
Michael Baird .... additional sound effects designer
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound designer
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Tu .... sound re-recording mixer
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Pierre Buffin .... artistic supervisor: BUF
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wai-Kong Chan .... gaffer
Yiu Ming Chan .... camera assistant
Yuen Kai Chan .... second unit camera
Kai-On Ho .... gaffer
Chi Hung Lai .... still photographer
Wai-keung Lau .... second unit camera
Hong Lung Law .... gaffer
Man Chuen Ng .... camera assistant
Hi-Hong Pun .... gaffer
Kan-Tat Sit .... camera assistant
Kar-Hing Tam .... camera assistant
Chun Fai Tsang .... gaffer
Kin-Man Yu .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action sequence designer
Norman Law Man .... planner
 
Thanks
Gilles Ciment .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dung che sai duk" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Ashes of Time Redux" - International (English title) (recut version)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence (Redux version)
Runtime:
100 min | 93 min (Redux version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Redux version) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) (Redux version) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (Redux version) | Finland:K-15 | Hong Kong:II | Hong Kong:IIB (Redux version) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) (Redux version) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (Redux version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film had an exhausting effect on Kar Wai Wong. While on hiatus during the editing process he wrote and shot Chungking Express (1994) (Chungking Express) to "clear his head".See more »
Quotes:
Ou-yang Feng:The 15th day of the sixth lunar month. It was sunny and windy. The almanac says, "The Star of Judgement descends. Blood will flow. Do not travel far. Chant scriptures to prevent catastrophe."See more »
Movie Connections:
References Shogun Assassin (1980)See more »

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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Slow, beautiful and intense... best viewed if you are alone, 25 April 2004
Author: Andrea Vidusso (vid@postino.it) from Milano, Italy

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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