Panorama 2008
Ashes of Time
  • Director: Wong Kar Wai (China)

    Born in 1958 in Shanghai. He entered the film industry as a scriptwriter and began directing his own scripts in 1988. His debut feature As Tears Go By (1988) was invited to the Critics’ Week in Cannes Film Festival. His second feature Days Of Being Wild (1990) won five Hong Kong Film Awards. He founded his own company Jet Tone in 1992. Chungking Express (1994 became his first global success. Happy Together premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Director prize. All of his subsequent features have premiered in Cannes: In the Mood For Love in 2000 (winning the Best Actor prize for Tony Leung), 2046 in 2004 and his English-language debut My Blueberry Nights in 2007. He served as President of the Jury at Cannes in 2006.

Hong Kong,  China,  2008,  93 min.
Cast:
Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Section:
Panorama

Ashes Of Time is inspired by characters from Louis Cha’s novel The Eagle-Shooting Heroes. It centers on a man named Ouyang Feng. Since the woman he loved rejected him, he has lived in the western desert, hiring skilled swordsmen to carry out contract killings. His wounded heart has made him pitiless and cynical, but his encounters with friends, clients and future enemies make him conscious of his solitude...