Ashes of Time Redux: New Version of Wong Kar Wai’s Classic Premieres at Cannes Fest

Cannes Film Fest 2008–Wong Kar Wai’s new version of his film, “Ashes of Time Redux,” starring Tony Leung and Carina Lau, will premiere at the Festival de Cannes Film and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in fall 2008.

Set in ancient China, on the edge of a vast desert, the feature centers on a swordsman who lives the life of a vagabond, earning his livelihood by hiring others as assassins. Pitiless and cynical, his heart has long been wounded by a love he neglected then lost. But as the seasons come and go, and so do friends and enemies alike, he begins to reflect back upon the origin of his solitude.

With the assistance of the brilliant vet cinematographer Chris Doyle, Wong Kar Wai works his magic in this long planned “reworking” of his legendary, rarely seen and one and only martial arts film.