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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The story evolves around the main character, Zhou Mo Wan who writes a novel about a mysterious train that leaves for a place called 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who boards that train has the same intention - which is to recapture their lost memories. It is said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knows for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He had been there but 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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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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29 September 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

2046 - Der ultimative Liebesfilm  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$261,481 (USA) (9 December 2005)
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The wrapping paper on the gift Mr. Chow gives to Bai Ling is very faintly imprinted with the words "Dragon Seed". The Dragon Seed Co. Ltd. is a chain of Hong Kong department stores that was first incorporated in 1948. See more »

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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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Performed by Angela Gheorghiu with London Symphony Orchestra
Direction Evelino Pidò
Courtesy of EMI Record Ltd.
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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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