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AMI Showcase: Christopher Doyle Retrospective
Introduced by Prof. Carlos Rojas (AMES)
Free and Open to the Public!
Film Screening: "Ashes of Time Redux" (Wong Kar Wai, 2008/1994, 93 min, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles, color, 35mm) -- Master Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directed this lyrical, dream-like martial arts epic. A famously troubled shoot, "Ashes of Time" took two years and 40 million dollars to produce (a shocking sum for a national cinema populated with low-budget quickies) and features a virtual who's-who of the Hong Kong film world. Conceived as a prequel to the popular martial arts novel "The Eagle-Shooting Hero" by Jin Yong, the movie is less a straightforward action thriller than a visually striking meditation on memory and love. The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts, and centers on Ouyang Feng (Leslie Cheung), a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days alone in the desert, connecting expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. -- In 2008, Wong Kar Wai re-edited and re-released the film under the title "Ashes of Time Redux", with new digital color tinting, digital effects and altered scenes. -- Made possible by support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation