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Ashes of Time Redux

Ashes of Time quadDirector: Wong Kar-wai

Cast: Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Brigitte Lin, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung, Charlie Yeung

Cert: 15

Running time: 93mins

Year: 1994 / 2008 (redux version)

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The lowdown: Wong Kar-wai’s stunning 1994 film is (in)famous for its troubled gestation. Taking over two years to reach the screen, Wong made his international breakthrough movie, ‘Chungking Express’, as a breather from this when editing spiraled out of control. Assembling a who’s-who of New Wave Hong Kong action cinema, Wong’s meditation on love and loss, memory and chivalry is as majestic in this slightly adjusted Redux as it was back in 1994, and is a colourful, enigmatic and energetic precursor to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and his own The Grandmaster.

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The Grandmaster

poster-the-grandmasterDirector: Wong Kar-wai

Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Jin, Chang Chen, Song Hye-kyo, Wang Qingxiang, Yuen Woo-ping

Cert: TBC

Running time: 125mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: After a 6-year absence maverick Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai returns to the big screen with a biopic of martial arts master Ip-Man.  Tony Leung Chiu-wai is the stoic kung-fu legend, whose turbulent life included rivalry with competing schools; oppression from occupying Japanese forces and the subsequent Communist Chinese government, and who late in life mentored a young Bruce Lee...

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