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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.


(as Kar Wai Wong)


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Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Leung)
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Mr. Wang / Train Captain
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Wah Hong ...
Party girl
Ting Yip Ng ...


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production was shut down during the SARS epidemic in March 2003. See more »


Chow Mo Wan: Love is all a matter of timing.
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References Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) See more »


Casta diva
(from the opera "Norma")
Written by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by Angela Gheorghiu with London Symphony Orchestra
Direction Evelino Pidò
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User Reviews

Truly romantic film for the matured, bitter homage to Hong Kong
2 November 2004 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

The movie was well above my expectation and definitely worth a wait. Tony Leung plays the same man with "In the Mood for Love" but has a different character. The movie is also vaguely related to "Days of Being Wild" in 1990, co-starred by Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheng. All three films are about the mixture of hustle-bustle and weariness of Hong Kong in 1960s.

Tony's performance in this film was again brilliant. Faye Wong performed in WKW film for the first time in 10 years (since "Chung King Express" in 1994, also co-starred by Tony Leung) and made this film one of a kind. Mysterious gambler Gong Li was also attractive. Zhang Ziyi gave me a positive surprise. The film's technical level (costumes, music, photography etc.) is also very high. Someone suggested 2004 Cannes Palm d'Or should have gone to this film instead of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and now I can totally agree.

The number "2046" is the metaphor of Hong Kong's destiny, which implies the last year of status-quo for 50 years guaranteed by Chinese government.

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