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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 & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
All Along the Watchtower 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 Ka Fai Leung ... 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 Kam-Bo Hung .... 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:
Blind Swordsman:My doctor said I will go completely blind when I reach 30.
Ou-yang Feng:So how old are you?
Blind Swordsman:Almost 30.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)See more »

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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
All Along the Watchtower, 19 July 2005
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Kar-Wai is one of the three best directors working today. Many feel this is his best work. Surely it is the greatest leap since his previous, but I find the Mood-2046 pair more important, even lifealtering.

If you come into this expecting a story that unfolds in good order and makes sense, you will be disappointed. The overlapping of layers, the folding of narrative, the merging of images is what we're in for.

There are two famous stories about this. The first is that at some point he quit work, then quickly went off to make "Chunking Express," during which he "found himself" ...

The other story has to do with "Pulp Fiction." Tarantino is a huge borrower of ideas. Having already written a couple "raw" movies that people admire, he stumbled upon Kar-Wai in the midst of making this — a long affair. All the clever bits in the structure of "Pulp" are from this, just as surely as all the clever bits in "Star Wars" are from Kurosawa.

What are those bits? Multiple persons in one body. Multiple bodies for one person. Circular storytelling where any part is the beginning. Nested narrative where one story tells another. Characters that imagine and forget each other, bringing them into our world and out.

Death, love, yearning, accident, encounter.

All of this at the beginning of a luscious partnership between Kar-Wai and Christopher Doyle. They are today what Greenaway and Sacha Vierny were: dangerous adventures in cinematic imagination coupled with mastery of cinematic expression.

This takes a few too many chances and you can see precisely where Kar-Wai abandoned it to search for sense. (He always shoots in order of what you see.) But if you are ready for the transcendental thrills of his later work, you might want to start here.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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