The whole thing started when Wong wanted the remaster the film. The US, HK and JP dvds are among the worst quality dvds ever released of a notable 90’s film. The only decent dvd is the french dvd, but it’s the heavily cut international version.
When Wong started the remastering process, he realized that all the sources were in terrible condition. The only way was to track down different prints around the world and also do extensive digital cleaning. That was when he was struck by the Lucas virus and thought why not re-do the whole film, to make it as it was “originally meant to be” (yeah, right).
Unfortunately now the existence of this new version lowers the chances of ever getting a decent quality release of the original version.
The original is pretty long and has some dead times BUT I guess the soul of the movie, the real thing is in it. Have you already seen some of WKW ? Cause it’s sure not the most exciting.
Na nah, Ashes is his most fascinating film, even if Chungking Express is his best.