Mark Pollard at Kung Fu Cinema just posted a handful of preview clips from the extras accompanying Sony Pictures Classics’ upcoming DVD release of Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time Redux (I tried to include one here, but was having some trouble with embedding the clip so instead I’ve included the trailer). Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t really get into kung fu flicks, man…” but let’s not forget this is Wong Kar-wai (along with cinematographer Christopher Doyle) we’re talking about. While the film incorporates characters and situations adapted from Louis Cha’s wu xia novel “Legend of the Condor Heroes,” and does indeed contain scenes of swordplay, saying this film is about martial arts is like saying Hitchcock’s Psycho is about Marion Crane stealing a load of cash. Ashes of Time is a kind of tone poem on love, loss and memory, and the rare kind of film that’s so densely layered with tiny details of plot and character that it actually becomes richer with repeated viewings. And speaking of becoming richer, the Redux in the title refers to Wong’s loving overhaul of his 1994 classic. It’s been re-mastered, re-edited and color-adjusted, and none other than Yo-Yo Ma has added haunting cello solos to composer Frankie Chan’s original score. The result is a martial arts film unlike anything that came before, and unlike anything that’s likely to come after.
(via Kung Fu Cinema)