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Ashes of Time

100 min | 93 min (Redux version)
Action | Drama
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Kar Wai Wong
10 wins & 8 nominations
Country: Hong Kong
Release Date: 1994-09-17
Filming Locations: China
Opening Weekend: $21,372 (USA) (12 October 2008)
Gross: $173,526 (USA) (4 January 2009)
Brigitte Lin
Brigitte Lin
Ashes of Time
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
Joey Wang
(scenes deleted)
Shun Lau
Leader of Ouyang's Opponents in Opening Battle (uncredited)
Did you know?
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".
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In 2008, Kar Wai Wong re-edited and re-scored the film, re-releasing it under the title "Ashes of Time Redux".
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Blind Swordsman: Do you know the difference between drinking wine and drinking water? The more wine you drink, the warmer you'll get. Water will only make you feel cold.
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Ou-yang Feng: [to a potential customer] For all these years, there must be some people who you don't want to mention or you don't want to meet again. Because they did something really awful to you. Maybe you want to kill them. But you dare not. In fact, it's really easy to kill a person. Not difficult at all. I have a friend who is great at solving problems. But he has been a little short lately. If you can give him some money, he must be able to solve your problems. Indeed you can think my proposal over. But be quick!
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Blind Swordsman: Looks as if I shouldn't have come for this duel at all. Is it all right just to leave a hand?
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Redux Version?
Director Wong Kar-Wai revisited his Ashes of Time nearly 15 years after its premiere in order to create the definitive version. The majority of changes consist of some alternative footage, little changes in the order of scenes and differing image details. Most noticably: the two main character's introduction in the beginning are missing. The season's fade-ins introducing each chapter are new. Originally, Wong Kar-Wai assumed that the hints in the movie were enough for understanding. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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