ASHES OF TIME (REDUX)
This weekend we talked about the movie Ashes of Time. It is directed by Wong Kai-Wai and has an all-star cast. Brigitte Lin plays an interesting brother and sister, with a twist. Leslie Cheung plays Ouyang Feng, the villain from Legend of Condor Heroes. Big Tony Leung plays Huang Yaoshi (the future master of Peach Blossom Island). Tony Leung Chiu-Wai plays a blind swordsman. Jackie Cheung plays Hong Qigong. There are also performances by Carina Lau, Charlie Yeung and Maggie Cheung.
This movie imagines Ouyang Feng's life before Condor Heroes. It is a bit surreal and is more of a character study than a straight forward plot. It can be divisive, but it is hard not to have a strong reaction one-way-or-another to it. Listen to hear what people thought about Ashes of Time:
On Wuxia Weekend last week, we discussed the Yuen Woo-Ping film Wing Chun, starring Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Kingdom Yuen, Waise Lee and Norman Chu.
Wing Chun blends Kung Fu, comedy, history and folk legend. It dramatizes the story of Yim Wing Chun (whose style bears her name). The title role is played by Michelle Yeoh. The film pits her against a group of bandits who are harassing the local community. But there is a lot more to the film than initially meets the eye. It is one of my favorite martial arts movies, but see if the others on the show agree with me: