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September 22, 2008

Ashes of Time: Redux (46th New York Film Festival)

Ashes Wong Kar-wai's reworking of his 1994 martial arts fantasy film is a visually sumptuous movie filled with a palate of iridescent gemstone colors. The converging stories, broken up by seasonal sections, follow a general theme of revenge bit this is not a movie you come to expecting a traditional narrative. The movie is an absurdist split-personality look at ancient philosophical ideas about things like killing a former best friend. Kar-wai has shaved about five minutes out of the original and replaced the music with the help of Wu Tong and some cello work from Yo-Yo Ma. So long as you go into this film with the intention of letting it wash over you like a symphonic operatic piece, you will enjoy it as the cinematic treat Wong Kar-wai intends.

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