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  • Ashes of Time Redux is a 2008 film directed by Wong Kar-wai. "For Ashes of Time, Wong Kar-wai swapped the conventions of the wuxia genre for his beloved theme of love and loss. The film can also be regarded as a wuxia version of Days of Being Wild. For Ashes of Time Redux, the whole film was put back in the post-production mill with a result that appeals to ear and eye. Although sometimes described as Wong Kar Wai's adaptation of the Jin Yong novel Legend of the Condor Heroes, it would probably be more accurate to call Ashes of Time the wuxia version of Days of Being Wild. Despite marking his first venture into wuxia, Ashes of Time saw Wong disregard the conventions of the genre in favour of probing into the lives of the three heroes, drawing out sentimental themes of love and loss. The use of voice over driving multiple plot lines, the monologue quality of the dialogues, the baroque quality of its music and the self-conscious lyricism of its images have all added to the defamiliarisation of wuxia conventions. Although the three major battle scenes are choreographed differently, each one does away with the traditional wuxia conventions of movements and battle arrays. Without a doubt, Ashes of Time is an auteur film that shows the wuxia genre in a whole new light." Quoting the description from the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam site.
  • Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. Wong completely eschews any plot adaptation from the novel, using only the names to create his own vision of an arguably unrelated film. During the film's long-delayed production, Wong produced a parody of the same novel with the same cast titled The Eagle Shooting Heroes. Although it received limited box office success, the parallels Ashes of Time drew between modern ideas of dystopia imposed on a wuxia film has led many critics to cite it as one of Wong Kar-wai's most under-appreciated works. In 2008, Wong re-edited and re-released the film under the title Ashes of Time Redux that presents a shorter cut. The redux version is at the moment the only good-quality edition available on the market.

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