Ashes of Time Redux
Ashes of Time Redux (2008)

Master Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directed this lyrical, dream-like martial arts epic. A famously troubled shoot, the film took two years and 40 million dollars to produce (a shocking sum for a national cinema populated with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 3, 2009
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wong Kar Wai's redux, with a few slight changes from his 1994 classic, is a feast for the eyes, if a little difficult to follow.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

For this director's cut, Wong has trimmed several minutes and reorganized the narrative according to the passage of seasons, though the plot is still impenetrable.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Wong Kar Wai seems considerably more out of his depth than other Chinese filmmakers who have slummed in the martial arts genre. This can't compare to Chen Kaige's The Emperor and the Assassin or Yimou Zhang's House of Flying Daggers.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

It's hard to recommend a film as frustratingly inaccessible as this one, but if you go into the theater expecting a trip to an art gallery, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Wong Kar-Wai doesn't supply much of a plot with a narrative engine to pull us through.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The kicks are more to the head and heart than to the body.

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Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly

Redux clocks in at a slightly shorter running time than any of the previous versions Wong has offered. The tighter edit is a better fit, but ultimately, it's not enough.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

I struggled to engage with the archetypes contained within the images, even with all that meticulously restored golden-yellow sand.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Ashes of Time Redux is primarily a sensory experience that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film's imagery is its most striking asset, creating an impressionistic sense of both vastness and intimacy that frequently overwhelms the characters and their problems.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Ashes of Time feels like an amateur dramatics production but with beautiful cinematography. It's a bizarre follow up to the brilliant Chungking Express.… More
John Ballantine
Oh yes! Finally saw it. I don't believe that I saw the original unless it was at the Film Festival many years ago but I like it...Wong Kar Wai doing the… More
Stella Dallas
certainly one of the most beautiful films i have ever seen. but honestly, what the hell just happened? would kill to see this projected though
Lesley N
Muddling but strangely absorbing and beautiful to look at and (kind of) resolves itself at the end.
Dean !
No doubt a well made film and with great cinematography. However it was a little confusing at times to follow the story and who were friends and who were… More
Jonny Crumley
OK movie. Heartbreak, death, decent fight scene, heartbreak, death, decent fight scene. That's about it really.