Wong Kar-wai's Ashes of Time (Google eBook)

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Hong Kong University Press, Jun 1, 2003 - Social Science - 196 pages
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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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Background
5
3 Story
23
4 Characters
35
5 Narrative Structure
47
6 Style
59
7 Martial Arts
75
8 Time
97
10 Fragmentation
119
11 Response
129
12 Conclusion
139
Appendix 1
149
Appendix 2
159
Notes
161
Filmography
167
Selected Bibliography
171

9 Melancholia
109

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About the author (2003)

Wimal Dissanayake is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Hong Kong and also teaches at the University of Hawaii.

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