Ashes of Time- -
The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he ends up as an agent. When people come to him with a wish to eliminate someone who has wronged them, he puts them in touch with a swordsman who can do the job.
It was only fitting that Brigitte Lin, one of the defining stars of wuxia films, would appear in Wong Kar Wai’s daring transformation of the genre – and in a genderbending role, no less!
Based on the work of novelist Jin Yong, the film features Lin as fraternal twins who forge a special connection with enigmatic swordsman Ouyang Feng (Leslie Cheung). Wong Kar Wai weaves his signature themes of longing and regret into the rich tapestry of an iconic Chinese film genre.