Ashes of Time, by the internationally acclaimed director
Wong Kar-wai, has been considered to be one of the most complex and
self-reflexive of Hong Kong films. Loosely based on the stories by
renowned martial arts novelist Jin Yong, Wong Kar-wai has created a
very different kind of martial arts film, which invites close and
sustained study.This book presents the nature and significance of
Ashes of Time, and the reasons for its being regarded as a
landmark in Hong Kong cinema. Placing the film in historical and
cultural context, Dissanayake discusses its vision, imagery, visual
style, and narrative structure. In particular, he focuses on the
themes of mourning, confession, fantasy, and kung fu movies, which
enable the reader to gain a deeper and more comprehensive
understanding of the film.
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