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Ashes of Time (1994)

Dung che sai duk (original title)
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A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writers:

Louis Cha (novel), Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay) (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Lin ... Mu-rong Yin / Mu-rong Yang
Leslie Cheung ... Ou-yang Feng
Maggie Cheung ... The Woman
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Blind Swordsman (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Jacky Cheung ... Hung Chi
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Huang Yao-shi
Li Bai Li Bai ... Hung Chi's Wife
Carina Lau ... Peach Blossom
Charlie Yeung ... Young Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Wang ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Ou-yang Feng lives in the middle of a desert, where he acts as a middle man to various swordsmen in ancient China. One of those swordsmen is Huang Yao-shi, who has found some magic wine that causes one to forget the past. At another time, Huang met Mu-rong Yin and under the influence of drink, promised to marry Mu-rong's sister Mu-rong Yang. Huang jilts her, and Mu-rong Yin hires Ou-yang to kill Huang. But then Mu-rong Yang hires Ou-yang to protect Huang. This is awkward, because Mu-rong Yang and Mu-rong Yin are in reality the same person. Other unrelated plot lines careen about. Among them is Ou-yang's continuing efforts to destroy a band of horse thieves. Oy-yang recruits another swordsman, a man who is going blind and wants to get home to see his wife before his sight goes completely. The swordsman is killed. Ou-yang then meets another swordsman who doesn't like wearing shoes. Oy-yang sends this man after the horse thieves, with better results. We then find out what a man must give... Written by Scott Hamilton <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 September 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashes of Time See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,372, 12 October 2008

Gross USA:

$174,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,912,490
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Redux)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Redux version)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2008, Kar-Wai Wong re-edited and re-scored the film, re-releasing it under the title "Ashes of Time Redux". See more »

Quotes

Hung Chi: I've known how to protect myself since young, the best way to avoid being rejected is to reject others first.
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Alternate Versions

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User Reviews

 
Life-stoppingly rich, soul-penetratingly haunting
4 June 2005 | by PiranianRoseSee all my reviews

Without a doubt, Ashes of Time is the most special film I have ever seen. It is also the most artistic, which naturally means it is more challenging than entertaining. Indeed, I was not comfortable watching it for the first time, but I was so mesmerized that now it has become the movie I have revisited the most. Nevertheless, Ashes is still a very difficult piece to sit through in its entirety. In my opinion, due to its disjointed storytelling, it is a film where parts are better than the whole, and those parts simply take my breath away.

Interestingly enough, the most breathtaking and spellbinding film to me is not one I so much "like" or enjoy, but is one that I cherish for its evocative artistry. This majestic collection of disjointed heartbreaking tales is complemented to perfection by unrivaled and unforgettable imagery, music, and performances that penetrate the soul.


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