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

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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.

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