東邪西毒 (Ashes of Time Redux) 1994/2008 M
6.00PM Fri 14 May 2021 (1hr 33mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Booked Out
While Days of Being Wild 1990 failed to ignite the box office, its critical success confirmed Wong Kar Wai as a major filmmaker at home and abroad. Inspired by characters in Jin Yong’s novel 'The Eagle Shooting Heroes', Wong embarked on a grand, historical tale that centred on a jaded, lone swordsman, Ouyang Feng (Leslie Chung), eking out a living as a gun for hire and longing to forget the woman he left behind (Maggie Cheung). Stationed in a remote desert outpost, he encounters a series of characters on their own specific quest, including the blind swordsman (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), Northern Beggar (Jacky Cheung), Murong Yin/Yang (Bridget Lin) and Huang Yaoshi (Tony Leung Ka-fai).
Boasting an A-List cast and impressive set pieces choreographed by legendary Hong Kong action director, Sammo Hung, Ashes of Time shares many elements of the classic wuxia genre but steadfastly retains Wong Kar Wai’s authorial stamp. When the film was originally released, he said, “the traditional martial arts film has the goal to stimulating the viewer’s senses. I wanted the senses to also be a means for expressing the characters feelings.” With stunning performances throughout, Ashes of Time Redux succeeds on both levels.
– Kristy Matheson, ACMI
Please note: tickets are available for sale online until 30 minutes prior to the screening (subject to availability). Door sales will not be available. A ticket is required for entry.
M | Medium level violence and infrequent coarse language
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 93 MINUTES, HONG KONG, MANDARIN/ CANTONESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WONG KAR WAI / BASED ON THE NOVEL “THE EAGLE SHOOTING HEROES” BY LOUIS CHA / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: CHRISTOPHER DOYLE, KWAN PUNG-LEUNG / EDITORS: HAI KIT-WAI, KWONG CHI-LEUNG, PATRICK TAM / PROD CO: BEIJING FILM STUDIO / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: JET TONE FILMS, BLOCK 2 PICTURES, TSUI SIU MING PRODUCTIONS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP