2046 (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  29 September 2004 (Hong Kong)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.



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He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention.....to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change. Written by chicken noodles

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Where everything ends... and begins (Spanish translation) See more »


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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

2046 - Der ultimative Liebesfilm  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$323,007 (Hong Kong) (1 October 2004)


$261,481 (USA) (9 December 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The camera points to the left side of Faye Wong's face when she cries. She has problems crying with her right eye, so Wong Kar-Wai shot her crying scenes on the left side of her face. However, there is one scene where the camera films the right side of her face purposely. See more »


Mr. Wang: Our cabin attendants are superbly designed... But there's only one problem : when they've served on so many long journeys, fatigue begins to set it. For example, they might want to laugh, but the smile would be slow to come. They might want to cry, but the tear wouldn't well up till the next day...
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Not so strong... but very well done
22 November 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

"2046" is the number of an apartment where a journalist lives. It is also the title of his novel, which takes place in the future. And it is also the last year before the 50-year period the Chinese Government promised to let Hong Kong remain as it is...

Wong-Kar-Wai comes back 4 years after "In the mood for love" with another refined and delicate movie, although this one has not the same strength as the previous... Because the director wants to develop too many themes (love, the power of memories, the lack of communication, the importance of living now...). "In the mood for love" was maybe more focused on a love story and the impossibility of living it. "2046" is a sort of sequel, but we don't understand very well where the director wants to lead us.

Apart from that, the film deserves to be watched because it is original, it explains that we don't have to live the future in putting there the hopes which belonged to the past, otherwise life has a wasted meaning. The film is colourful and cinematography is excellent. Very slow, yes, but a film like this one follow its own poetry, images here are much more important than words.

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