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New Dragon Gate Inn 新龍門客棧 (1992)


This is a period film set during the Ming Dynasty in the desert region of China.

Tsao Siu-yan is a power-crazed eunuch who rules his sector of China as if he were the Emperor and not a mere official. He is the leader of the Emperor’s ruthless security agency known as the Eastern Depot (東廠 Dong Chang). He has built up an elite army of skilled archers and horsemen who receive intensive training and powerful weapons.

When elements of his administration plot against him and his despotic rule, Tsao comes down ruthlessly. One such plotter is defence minister Yang Yu-xuan, who is executed along with his family. Tsao does spare two of the younger children and instead sentences them to exile in order to lure Yang’s subordinate general Chow Wai-on into a trap.

Escorted by a couple of rather poorly East Factory soldiers, the children are sent out into the desert. Rebels, led by Chow’s lover, swordswoman Yau Mo-yan, arrive to free them, but are attacked by East Factory troops. Tsao later calls off the attack when he realises that Chow is not among the fighters, and instead orders his troops to pursue them to find where they will be meeting with Chow. The rebels and the children then proceed to the Dragon Gate Pass through which they will cross the border.

They reach the Dragon Gate Inn, which is a meeting place run by brigands. The innkeeper, the lively Jade, runs a sideline in which she seduces and murders her guests. Jade also keeps whatever money the customer has, then drops them down a chute to the kitchen and have them served as the meat in buns. The cutting up is done by her cook Dao, an expert at stripping meat to the bones.

Mo-yan and her followers arrive at the inn. She is disguised as a man, but Jade is not fooled, claiming that only a woman would pass her without so much as a glance. That night she confronts Mo-yan and the pair engage in a lively acrobatic fight with both women trying to remain clothed, while stripping the other.

Rebel leader Chow arrives and is re-united with Mo-yan. They plan to cross the border with the children but the bad weather delays their departure. Furthermore, Jade takes a liking to Chow and resolves to get him for herself, also has in mind the reward offered for his capture. Things are made even more complicated when East Factory officials led by Cha arrive at the inn posing as merchants.

The scene is set for a vicious battle of bodies and wits between both sides, with Jade trying to keep the peace and getting every advantage, monetary or otherwise, that she can get out of it. Meanwhile, the bulk of the East Factory forces, led by eunuch Tsao himself, are on their way to the inn.

Chow believes that, like most den of thieves, the inn has a secret passage through which his comrades can escape. Jade agrees to show them the passage if Chow will sleep with her. He agrees if they marry first. Jade, a practical girl, is rather surprised at having to marry for a one-night stand but proceeds anyway, with Cha acting as host for the wedding. The heart-broken Mo-yan drowns her sorrows in drink.

The growing tension inside the inn breaks out into open battle when Cha and his men realise that the rebels want to use the secret passage to escape. The fight that follows results in the deaths of all the Dong Chang at the inn and most of the rebels and brigand hosts. Mo-yan herself is seriously injured.

Tsao and his army arrives and lays siege to the inn. Inside there is only a handful of survivors: Jade, Chow, Mo-yan, Dao the cook, and the children. They escape through the passage, but a loose ribbon gives them away and Tsao himself sets off in pursuit.

A vicious one-on-three battle amidst a desert storm as Tsao fights Jade, Chow and Mo-yan. Weakened by her wounds, Mo-yan perishes in quicksand. Just as Tsao is about to finish off Jade and Chow, Dao suddenly appears and takes him on with his carving knife. He carves away at Tsao, leaving the warlord with a skeletal arm and leg. Chow then moves in for the kill and Tsao is finished.

Chow and the children make their way to the border. Realising how much Chow meant to her, Jade and Dao decide to follow Chow after burning down the infamous inn.

Initial release: August 27, 1992 (Hong Kong)
Directors: Tsui Hark, Raymond Lee, Ching Siu-tung
Running time: 1h 55m
Music composed by: Phil Chen, Chow Kam-wing
Screenplay: Tsui Hark, Cheung Tan, Xiao He
Film studies Văn học & Điện ảnh Wong Kar Wai

ASHES OF TIME REDUX (ĐÔNG TÀ TÂY ĐỘC) – (1994) by Wong Kar Wai

Ashes Of Time (1994) pt. 1

Ashes Of Time (1994) pt. 2

Ashes of Time

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Ashes of Time

Film poster
Traditional 東邪西毒
Simplified 东邪西毒
Mandarin Dōng Xié Xī Dú
Cantonese Dung1 Ce4 Sai1 Duk6
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Produced by Wong Kar-wai
Jeffrey Lau
Jacky Pang
Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai
Story by Louis Cha
Starring Leslie Cheung
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Brigitte Lin
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Carina Lau
Charlie Yeung
Jacky Cheung
Maggie Cheung
Music by Frankie Chan
Roel A. Garcia
Cinematography Christopher Doyle
Edited by Hai Kit-wai
Kwong Chi-leung
William Chang
Patrick Tam
Jet Tone Productions
Beijing Film Studio
Tsui Siu Ming Production
Scholar Films
Pony Canon Inc.
Distributed by Newport Entertainment (HK)
Release dates
  • 17 September 1994
Running time
100 minutes
93 minutes (Redux)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Budget HK$40,000,000 (estimated)
Box office HK$9,023,583 (HK)
US$1,912,490 (Redux)

Ashes of Time (Chinese: 東邪西毒; pinyin: Dōngxié xidú; literally: “Eastern Heretic, Western Poison”) 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.

Due to the original prints being lost Wong re-edited and re-scored the film in 2008 for future theater, DVD and Blu-ray releases under the title Ashes of Time Redux. The film was reduced from 100 to 93 minutes. Both the original and Redux versions can still be found on Asian markets, while only the Redux version is available to western markets. Several criticisms of the Redux version have been noted, such as poor image quality and color mastering from the source material, cropping and removal of portions of the bottom image, poor English translations, and the re-scoring.

Wong Kar Wai

Chungking Express (1994) by Wong Kar Wai

Chungking Express (1994) pt. 1

Chungking Express (1994) pt. 2


Chungking Express

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Chungking Express
Chungking Express.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Cantonese Cung4 Hing3 Sam1 Lam4
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Produced by Chan Yi-kan
Written by Wong Kar-wai
Starring Brigitte Lin
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Faye Wong
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Valerie Chow
Music by Frankie Chan
Roel. A Garcia
Cinematography Christopher Doyle
Lau Wai-Keung (Andrew Lau)
Edited by William Chang
Kai Kit-wai
Kwong Chi-Leung
Jet Tone Production
Distributed by Ocean Shores Video (HK)Miramax Films
Rolling Thunder Pictures(US)
Release dates
  • 14 July 1994 (Hong Kong)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office $600,200 (US)
HK$7,678,549 (HK)

Chungking Express (重慶森林) is a 1994 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman. The first story stars Takeshi Kaneshiro as a cop who is obsessed with the break-up of his relationship with a woman named May and his platonic encounter with a mysterious drug smuggler (Brigitte Lin). The second stars Tony Leung as a police officer who is roused from his gloom over the loss of his flight attendant girlfriend (Valerie Chow) by the attentions of a quirky snack bar worker (Faye Wong). The film depicts a paradox in that even though the characters live in densely packed Hong Kong, they are mostly lonely and live in their own inner worlds.

The Chinese title translates to “Chungking Jungle”, referring to the metaphoric concrete jungle of the city, as well as to Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, where much of the first part of the movie is set. The English title refers to Chungking Mansions and the Midnight Express food stall where Faye works.