The Official Trailer For Wong Kar Wai's ASHES OF TIME REDUX Arrives!

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It is one of the most polarizing films in the career of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, and one of the most sought after thanks to the lack of a presentable DVD release anywhere in the world up until very recently. And so news that the notoriously revisionist director was returning to his sole martial arts picture, Ashes of Time, to re-edit and shape it into the form he says was his original intention was generally met with excitement and anticipation. With the film now rolling out on the festival circuit - it's coming here to Toronto as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September - those who were hoping for something more linear than the original cut are generally leaving disappointed while others are leaving enthused by the chance to finally see a master's work properly presented. Regardless of which camp you're in you'll still most likely be rather pleased to check out the official trailer, which has finally appeared on the scene. The international sales promo for this leaked a while back in low quality but this trailer is much higher resolution and much more focused and to the point. You can check it out below the break.

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  • TheDougAugust 1, 2008 3:55 AM

    Well, having not seen the original cut, I still am impressed by both and visual and aural impact of the redux version of Ashes of Time new trailer.
    Eventually maybe Criterion might consider putting out a box set representing both versions of this controversial Wong Kar Wai film.

    kenixfanAugust 1, 2008 9:11 PM

    Criterion does seem to be Japanese-centric sometimes don't they? What -- only 2 Chinese films -- Yi Yi and In The Mood for Love? What else they have from Chinese directors so far?

    The Criterion laserdiscs had a few more I recall.

    Rhythm-XAugust 1, 2008 10:01 PM

    They famously had THE KILLER and HARD BOILED DVDs, ported from their laserdiscs, but you could almost hear the yawns of indifference as those rights slipped away. There's also the forthcoming CHUNGKING EXPRESS Blu-ray. On LD they had the hacked-up version of SUPERCOP, which I believe had the deleted scenes included as bonus material. Someone probably told them it was Japanese. And they had AKIRA - it might be Japanese, but more importantly, it's animated and therefore not worthy of serious consideration. A man with no hands could count the number of Criterion releases of Korean films on his fingers. It's best not to think too much about the choices Criterion makes, since they're obviously not gonna change a damn thing for the ignorant peons like me.

    neoplasia200xSeptember 8, 2008 11:40 AM

    @ Rhythm -X

    I really hope you don't let your enthusiasm be squashed by some of these inconsequential details ... I mean these are just silly " the shot where the girl with the mule leaves is changed a bit of position " and " Wong has inserted 2 short (and not very well cut) images of peach blossoms; "

    Granted, taking out major sequences would get me slightly upset as well...but I have faith in WKW and in his vision. I think it will be a great release :)