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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:
Haunting, beautiful and rather wonderful - one of Wong Kar-Wei's very best films 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:Where are you going?
Hung Chi:Places I've never been. With luck, I'll be famous. If one day you hear of a nine-fingered hero, that'll be me.
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Movie Connections:
References Shogun Assassin (1980)See more »

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Haunting, beautiful and rather wonderful - one of Wong Kar-Wei's very best films, 5 April 2005
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

'Ashes of Time' is the rarest of Wong Kar Wei's films and best remembered as the one that so confounded him that he went off and made 'Chungking Express' to clear his mind before finishing it. Actually, it's worth remembering in its own right, as he brings his uniquely romantic take on the world to the fantasy swordplay genre with the expected unexpected results. There are sword fights, most of them pretty good, but the fantasy is kept to the bare minimum with the focus on the emotional cost of being a professional killer. Love is lost and so are memories, vengeance is sought and denied, characters meet but fail to connect, secrets are kept and regrets shared, all filtered through Leslie Cheung's inn on the edge of the desert where he acts as agent for killers for hire. The interest here isn't in action but reasons, and in the emotional cost of pursuing a life of violence, all captured via his usual dreamlike imagery and poetic confessional narration. Part Hong Kong, part European, part Leone (acknowledged/plagiarised at times in the score), not everything works, but the parts that do are quite magnificent, whether it's a woman tracing her hand over the sleeping body of a man who is not her lover or the curiously memorable shots of the horse thieves waiting their turn in a battle.

It can get confusing – not only do the characters sometimes blur into each other but he even hires both Tony Leungs for key roles in the same film while Brigitte Lin plays dual roles and, just to add to the clarity, the film's chronology is very misleading – but it's worth bearing with. A film I'll definitely be returning to, and I suspect more than just the once.

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