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Ashes of Time Redux

Director:  Wong Kar-Wai
Year Released:  2008
Rating:  2.0

My review for the 'original' technically applies - this version is slightly more streamlined but still needlessly complicated (perhaps to mask the fact that there isn't much there). I noted in the review of the 1994 cut that a lot of my dislike for it came from the awful transfer (but really, the place to see this is a theatre), and the cleaned up picture and new score by Yo Yo Ma both heighten the sensuous experience (hence the minor shift upwards in rating). Fellow film nut John Simone calls it an "interesting failure," which is very fair.

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