Ashes of Time( Chinese :東邪西毒Dōng xié xi dú) is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai , and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong 's novelThe Legend of the Condor Heroes.
Wong completely eschews any plot adaptation from the novel, using only the names to create his own vision of an arguably unrelated film. During the film's long-delayed production, Wong produced a parody of the same novel with the same cast titledThe Eagle Shooting Heroes.
Although it received limited box office success, the parallelsAshes of Timedrew between modern ideas of dystopia imposed on awuxiafilm has led many critics to cite it as one of Wong Kar-wai's most under-appreciated works.
In 2008, Wong re-edited and re-released the film under the titleAshes of Time Reduxthat, despite the digital restoration, presents a shorter cut. The redux version is at the moment the only good-quality edition available on the market (theatres and home video).