Dong xie xi du

東邪西毒 [videorecording] - Dong xie xi du

Ashes of time redux

DVD - 2009 | Chinese
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Ouyang Feng is a heartbroken and cynical man who spends his days alone in the desert. He connects expert swordsmen with those seeking revenge and willing to pay for it. As Ouyang narrates his tale, he interweaves the stories of his unusual clients, old friends and future foes. He begins to realize the mistakes of his own past, and how his fear of rejection may have led him to a life of exile.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment : Sony Pictures Classics, [2009]
Branch Call Number: DVD A WORLD (CHINESE)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 春光映畫 (Firm)
Alternative Title: Ashes of time redux
ISBN: 9781435941922


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Aug 21, 2013

The original film was made in 1994, written and directed by Wong Kar-wai and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong's novel "The Legend of the Condor Heroes."
In 2008, Wong re-edited and re-released the film under the title "Ashes of Time Redux" that, despite the digital restoration, presents a shorter cut.

Set in ancient times in China, Leslie Cheung plays an agent, Ouyang Feng, hiring famous bounty-hunters.
His character is portrayed as a fallen swordsman driven by greed and heartless to both friend and foe.
He was perpetually being spiteful of love as his own love history was not nearly so beautiful.
His bounty-hunters came and went as was narrated by Ouyang Feng himself.

In essence, he was a loner with little love.
The bounty hunters who worked for Ouyang Feng such as Blind Swordsman and Hong Qi discovered the intangible secret of true love while Ouyang retained his attitude towards his fighters.
However, the central theme is the spirit of refusal in the sense that one should reject another before he gets to be rejected in the future.
Nearly every character in this story has resorted to being selfish and malignant in order to prevent being rejected by others.
It has many moral implications but is less evident since the main character Ouyang himself simply talks.
He should act so that the audience clearly understand the moral themes visibly and easily.


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