Ouyang Feng is a native of White Camel Mountain. Raised by his elder brother, Ouyang's ambition is to become a famous swordsman. But faced with a choice between the woman he loves and martial adventures, he chooses the latter. Frustrated, the woman marries his brother. After ten years, Ouyang, now cynical and materialistic, goes to the desert and opens an inn. He becomes an agent for killers, hiring young but penniless swordsmen to do the dirty work of others. Every year during the peach blossom season, Ouyang is visited by a close friend, Huang Yaoshi, who, like Ouyang, also has a sad love story to tell--he once had an unconsummated affair with the wife of his best friend at Peach Blossom Land. Others Ouyang comes into contact with include the schizophrenic Murong Yang/Murong Yin; a down-and-out swordsman with failing eyesight (who turns out to be Huang's best friend), an impoverished young girl who wants to avenge her brother's death; and Hong Qi, another aspiring swordsman, and his loyal wife.
Wong Kar Wai
Tony Leung Ka-fai
William Chang Suk-ping
William Chang Suk-ping
Wong Kar Wai
Tsui Siu-ming Prodcutions
Lau Chun Wai
Leslie Cheung, 1956-2003
Cheung was born on September 12, 1956 in Hong Kong, the youngest of ten children. He was fascinated by cinema from an early age (his father was the tailor to screen legend William Holden) and following graduation from secondary school, he studied drama at Leeds University in Great Britain. Upon his return to Hong Kong, he entered in the 1976 ATV Asian Music Contest, and took second prize. Cheung used this opportunity to cultivate his first taste of stardom as one of Asia's most popular singers and a celebrity to Chinese-speaking people around the world.
His high profile in pop music led to some film work, which at first was light, teen fare. The turning point came when John Woo cast him as the rookie cop opposite Chow Yun-fat in the wildly popular Hong Kong action flick A Better Tomorrow (1986). The film's success allowed Cheung to expand his film range and his next role was as an opium-smoking playboy in Stanley Kwan's Rouge (1987), a romantic ghost story that fluctuated between the Hong Kong of the '30s and the '80s. That film helped Cheung present his versatility as a romantic leading man as well as his skill at action sequences.
The '90s saw Cheung steadily improve as an actor with some varied roles: a cunning jewel thief in John Woo's slick suspense drama, Once a Thief (1990); a suave villain in Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild (1991); and his extraordinary star turn as the gay, female-impersonating Chinese opera singer Cheng Dieyi in Chen Kaige's brilliant historical drama Farewell My Concubine (1993). His portrayal of Cheng, who experiences bitterness and regret throughout his life, and is driven to suicide by a failed love affair, was one of great sensitivity, and an incandescent charisma that few knew he possessed. The film won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and rightly earned Cheung international acclaim.
Cheung continued to tackle interesting parts after the success of Concubine: a depraved opium addict in another stylish film by Chen Kaige, Temptress Moon (1996); a gutsy performance as the vituperative Ho Po-wing, one of a pair of gay Chinese lovers on holiday in Buenos Aires in Wong Kar-Wai's sexually explicit Happy Together (1997); and most recently, a man possessed by a dead girlfriend who tries to lure him into jumping to his death (another eerie parallel to his own suicide) in Chi-Leung Law's horror film Inner Senses (2002), which earned him a best actor at this last Sunday's Hong Kong Film Awards. He is survived by numerous family members.
by Michael T. Toole
Leslie Cheung, 1956-2003
Released in United States April 5, 1995
Released in United States April 19, 1996
Released in United States May 17, 1996
Re-released in United States Fall October 8, 2008
Released in United States 1994
Released in United States September 1994
Released in United States December 1995
Released in United States October 2008
Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 - October 16, 1994.
Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.
Shown at Pusan International Film Festival "Ashes of Time Redux" (Gala Presentation) October 2-10, 2008.
Based on the novel "The Eagle Shooting Heroes" by Louis Cha; published by Hong Kong Commercial Daily in 1957.
Director Wong Kar-wai and DP Christopher Doyle received the Osella d'Oro for best cinematography at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.
Wong Kar-wai was born in Shanghai, China, in 1958, and immigrated to Hong Kong when he was five. After graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic in graphic design in 1980, he worked in HK television as a production assistant and later he became a scriptwriter. His films include "As Tears Go By" (Hong Kong/1988), "Days of Being Wild" (Hong Kong/1990), "Chunking Express" (Hong Kong/1994), "Ashes of Time" (Hong Kong/1994), and "Fallen Angels" (Hong Kong/1995).
Released in United States April 5, 1995 (Roxie Cinema; San Francisco)
Released in United States April 19, 1996 (Nuart; Los Angeles)
Released in United States May 17, 1996 (Cinema Village; New York City)
Re-released in United States Fall October 8, 2008 (under the new title "Ashes of Time Redux" contains additional scenes, re-editing and a brand new soundtrack)
Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 30 - October 16, 1994.)
Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.)
Released in United States December 1995 (Shown in New York City (American Museum of the Moving Image) as part of program "Rolling Thunder Presents: The Films of Wong Kar-Wai" December 9-10, 1995.)
Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival "Ashes of Time Redux" (Gala Presentation) October 2-10, 2008.)