Ashes of Time

Synopsis: Ou-yang Feng lives in the middle of a desert, where he acts as a middle man to various swordsmen in ancient China. One of those swordsmen is Huang Yao-shi, who has found some magic wine that causes one to forget the past. At another time, Huang met Mu-rong Yin and under the influence of drink, promised to marry Mu-rong's sister Mu-rong Yang. Huang jilts her, and Mu-rong Yin hires Ou-yang to kill Huang. But then Mu-rong Yang hires Ou-yang to protect Huang. This is awkward, because Mu-rong Yang and Mu-rong Yin are in reality the same person. Other unrelated plot lines careen about. Among them is Ou-yang's continuing efforts to destroy a band of horse thieves. Oy-yang recruits another swordsman, a man who is going blind and wants to get home to see his wife before his sight goes completely. The swordsman is killed. Ou-yang then meets another swordsman who doesn't like wearing shoes. Oy-yang sends this man after the horse thieves, with better results. We then find out what a man must give
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Kar-Wai Wong
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  9 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

It's written in the Buddhist Cannon.

The flags are still, no wind blows...

It's the heart of men that's tumult!

Ashes of time

In the years to come...

I'll be given the nickname: Malicious West.

Well, everyone can be very malicious,

if you've ever been jealous of someone.

I don't care what others think of me.

It's just that I don't want others

to be happier than me.

But there are some people,

who're just too proud to be jealous.

In the early days of my martial

adventures I came to know a man.

He usually makes his appearance

in the east.

Maybe that's why in the years to come

people will call him Evil East.

The Five Goldens meet Star Jupitar

this year. There are famines everywhere.

Whenever there are famines,

people will have problems.

Problems means business for me.

I'm a native of White Camel Mountain.

My name's Ouyang Feng. I specialise in

solving problems for others.

Buddy, you must be around forty.

In forty years, you must have

come to hate someone...

...someone who'd wronged you.

someone you wanted... to kill

...yet didn't care...

...or you just didn't bother.

Well, murder can be a very

simple matter.

I have this friend who's

skilled in martial arts.

He's been a little low on money lately.

Pay a reasonable fee and he'll kill for you!

Think about it.

In fact, murder's no easy job.

One only risks it, because

ones survival depends on it.

Having left White Camel Mountain

I came to this desert and

started this killing business.

"Day 6, Insects awaken."

Every year around this time,

someone comes to drink with me.

He's called Huang Yaoushi.

A strange fellow.

He always comes from the east.

He's been coming here for several years.

He brought me a gift this time.

A new acquaintance, recently gave

me a bottle of wine.

The wine's called "A Happy Go-Lucky Life".

She said it takes away your

memory of the past.

Sounded weird to me...

What on earth is this wine?

She also said that mans biggest problem

is that he remembers.

How wonderful it'd be to forget the past.

Everyday would be a new beginning.

Isn't that great?

Well, this wine was meant for you.

You wouldn't mind sharing it, would you?

I couldn't bring myself

to drink the magic wine.

I didn't have a single drop of it.

But it did seem to work on Huang.

After drinking half a cup,

he started to lose his memory.

Do you recall our first meeting?


Well, why are you here then?

I don't remember.

Why are you staring at the cage?

Looks familiar to me.

He was very drunk.

He left very early next morning.

I could see that he was upset.

Maybe it had something to do with a woman.

A month later, Huang went into the mountain,

where one of his best friends lived.

He once stayed there for quite some time,

following his friends wedding.

Then one day, his friend suddenly

left home and never returned.

Since then, Huang also left and

hadn't returned until this time.

May I buy you a drink?

I just want water tonight.

Have we met before?

More that that... You've been my

very best friend.

But not anymore now.

What are you doing here?

A new acquaintance recently gave

me a bottle of wine.

She said it takes away your memory

of the past.

I had some and found it really worked.

Want to try some?

Do you know the difference between

drinking wine and water?

The more wine you drink, the warmer you'll

get. Water will only make you feel cold.

Will I find you here again?


I've sworn that, if I ever run into this

person again, I'll kill him.

I failed to do that, because the last time

I met him, I had almost gone blind.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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