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Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time (The New Hong Kong Cinema Series) [Paperback]

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'Ashes of Time,' directed by the internationally acclaimed Wong Kar-wai, is one of the most distinguished and elegant films made in Hong Kong. Loosely based on the vastly popular martial arts stories by the well-known and highly regarded Jin Yong, this film has been regarded by many critics as one of the most complex and self-reflexive of Hong Kong films. In the film, Wong Kar-wai has used all his resources and skills as a filmmaker to make a very different kind of martial arts film which invites a close and sustained study. This book presents in very clear and lucid terms the nature and significance of 'Ashes of Time', and the reasons for its being regarded by many discerning critics as a landmark in Hong Kong cinema. Dissnayake has sought to contextualize the film - to place it in its proper historical and cultural setting - and to discuss such important aspects of the film such as theme, vision, imagery, visual style, and narrative structure. In particular, this study focuses on mourning, confession, fantasy, and kung fu movies - all themes which will enable the reader to gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the film.

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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9622095852  
ISBN13  9789622095854  

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More About Wimal Dissanayake & Dorothy Wong

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wimal Dissanayake is Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Centre, Hawaii and founding editor of the "East-West Film Journal".

Wimal Dissanayake currently resides in the state of Hawaii. Wimal Dissanayake has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA Hong Kong Baptist University Hong K.

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1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
2Books > Subjects > History > Asia > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Asia > Hong Kong

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Makes an interesting read  Sep 15, 2003
"The Ashes of Time" has evolved into a kind of cult movie in Hong Kong. While being adapted from an exisitng (and much filmed) story, the end product has the unique directorial mark of Wong Kar Wai stamped all over it.

This interesting and exceptionally well-written books examines the many fascinating aspects of the film, and should to of much value to lovers of movies.

I will give it 5 stars.


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