Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales to Wong Kar Wai’s reworked and definitive version of “Ashes of Time,” the arthouse helmer’s venture into the martial arts genre.
Original pic, released 12 years ago, featured a starry cast of Hong Kong talent who’ve (mostly) survived the slump since the territory’s “golden age.” Cast includes Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tony Leing kar-fai, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Yeung, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin — and the late Leslie Cheung. But it was scarcely released outside Asia.
“Ashes of Time — Redux” is an end-to-end re-envisioning of the movie about a fallen swordsman driven by greed. Wong is adding new scenes, re-editing others and rescoring the piece. Delivery is skedded in time for the fall festivals in 2007 — after Wong has completed his first English-language movie, “My Blueberry Nights.”