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

By Wimal Dissanayake (Author) & Dorothy Wong (Author)
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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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Studio: University of Washington Press
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University of Washington Press
ISBN  9622095844  
ISBN13  9789622095847  

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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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