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Martial arts at cutting edge

PUBLISHED: 15:09 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

RE-EDITED and reworked into a redux version, Wong Kar Wai s Ashes of Time is less of a stab at the wuxia martial arts genre than a graceful flourish of a deadly blade. The story is split into five sections, each corresponding to a season in the Chinese Tu

RE-EDITED and reworked into a redux version, Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time is less of a stab at the wuxia martial arts genre than a graceful flourish of a deadly blade. The story is split into five sections, each corresponding to a season in the Chinese Tung Sing calendar, and pivots around the life and regrets of Ouyang Feng (Leslie Cheung), a melancholic loner who puts clients seeking murderous revenge in touch with the band of moody travelling swordsmen who wander past his desert hut.

Cinematographer Chris Doyle fills the screen with a symphony of colours and tones which ranges from the striking, almost-neon hues of the desert scenes to a staggeringly beautiful sequence in a forest.

Impressionistic, lyrical and of potent emotional force, Ashes of Time Redux is a beautiful treatment of a largely undervalued genre which in this definite cut can take its place as part of the director's impressive canon.

Ashes of Time Redux is out on DVD.

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