Wong Kar Wai‘s re-envisioned “Ashes of Time” is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in quite some time. As an example, watch the faces of the film’s leads — Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung — which are often used like a scrim. Faint shadows from an adjacent spinning birdcage or the reflections of nearby running water add texture to their faces as they interact with each other. And then theres the enhanced colors of the exteriors and the striking slow-mo action sequences.
Watching the film on Friday morning at the Walter Reade Theater, I found myself so enthralled by the imagery that I was kept getting lost in the evasive storyline. The ambitious production, started – stopped and then re-started- stopped, in the Chinese desert near Mongolia, yielded Wong’s “Chungking Express,” which was made during a break in the making of the film. Scarlet Cheng takes a closer look in today’s NY Times. The film opens in NYC on Oct. 10th.
Pictured: Brigitte Lin after Friday’s press conference, being photographed by frequent WKW D.P. Chris Doyle.