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Ashes of Time returns

RENOWNED Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai's re-edited version of his 1994 classic "Ashes of Time" was released in China's mainland on March 27 -- five days before the sixth anniversary of star Leslie Cheung's death.

Wong's extensively reworked version ends with a close-up of Cheung, who committed suicide at age 46 by jumping from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.

"Ashes of Time" failed to recoup its HK$40 million budget (US$5 million) when it was originally released, grossing less than HK$1 million. But the reworked version has already made 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) against Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire."


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