got a chance to attend the Red Carpet premiere of Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time
The event was in a nice outdoor
setting with a long red carpet leading to the entrance of the
There were many fans and press lined up
with cameras along the carpet and near the stage for the pre-screening photo op.
I was there with Simon from CB fresh to
capture the highlights of the ceremony for HKIFF buzz, so we were walking up
and down the red carpet trying to capture all the excitement.
The guests filtered in from 6:30pm to around
7pm, and the biggest stars: Bridget Lin, Charlie Yeung, Tonly Leung, Carina Lau
and Wong Kar Wai arrived at the end, and they stopped by the press area to do
interviews and have their picture taken.
everyone went into the theater, the stars paused on stage to reflect on the
Movie’s lead Actor Leslie Cheung.
spoke of their fond memories of Leslie and there was even a video tribute from stars
that couldn’t make it that night.
were many Leslie Fans in attendance, and I’m sure they were looking forward to
seeing his film on the big screen again.
The whole tribute and red carpet film introduction took quite some time
to finish and it ended with the usual confetti explosion and more photo ops.
was supposed to start at 7:15pm, but everyone didn’t get inside until around
Once I got inside the theater, I
was surprise to see that it is so huge.
The grand theater at the
has two balconies and I think it can fit about 800 people.
It was pretty packed with people because it
was a sold out screening, but I managed to find myself a decent seat.
Right before the screening started, the
director and all the stars came in to take their seats.
But since the screening started so late,
there were some rude audience members that started to shout insults at the director
for being late.
That I thought was very unnecessary
and very disrespectful.
Luckily, there was
no more noise once the movie started.
itself was very good.
I have seen it years
ago on VHS, so seeing it remastered on a big theater was a treat.
The cinematography of this film is the centerpiece of
the movie, and the remastering made sure all the beautifully composed shots
looked their finest on screen.
isn’t very plot driven, but the story is centered on Leslie’s character and
seven other characters that pass through his life.
Amongst the eight main Characters, there were
at least three love triangles to fuel the main storyline in the film.
Each of these romances weren’t clearly
explained or developed, but instead if focused on the many perils of love: jealousy,
pride, longing, envy, regrets, and heartaches.
There were few light moments in this film and it is mostly sullen in its
visuals and music, but it all fits well with the themes of the film.
Although there isn’t the same emotional payoff
from a typical movie, this film does make you think and reflect on your own
life and regrets.
As the director said during
his reflection of Leslie, he hopes that the movie will make people learn from
regrets of the pasts so they can appreciate the present before
it’s too late.
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