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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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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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Box Office

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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Each character speaks their own languages. Mr. Chow speaks Cantonese, Bai Ling speaks Mandarin, and Tak speaks Japanese even when talking to each other. Even so, they seem to understand each other perfectly. See more »

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Chow Mo Wan: When the Peony blooms, she stands tall. Does she mean no or yes?
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Follows Days of Being Wild (1990) See more »

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Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi... Col sorriso l'innocenza
(from the opera "Il Pirata")
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Performed by Maria Callas and Monica Sinclair with The Philharmonia Orchestra (as Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra)
Conducted by Nicola Rescigno
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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A gorgeous, poignant film.
1 January 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

2046 was directed by Kar Wai Wong, who also directed In the Mood for Love. This film is also lyrical, deliberately paced, and very romantic.

Without giving too much away, the film takes place in Hong Kong and Singapore in the 60's. The main character, Chow, is a writer and womanizer. Part of the story takes place in his work, a science fiction tale called 2046.

The story is told out of sequence, with past and present jumbled. In a clever use of irony, we gradually understand that the future is being used to tell the past. Some scenes are presented early, in a way that is confusing until the context is presented later.

There are 3 female characters who are in his life, and the story is segmented accordingly.

The cinematography is beautiful. Interestingly, Wong uses 3 colors nearly exclusively: Blood red, sea green, and yellow. Sometimes he will use light to make those colors stand out, other times it is the objects themselves which are in that color.

I would characterize the story as one of love and loss. There is one poignant scene where, after he realizes what has been happening, he states that timing is crucial in love.

The film is well acted, the characters are understandable if not necessarily ones we can identify with, and the story gradually allows itself to be revealed, a peek here and a peek there, until all the pieces fall into place.

Turn off the lights, cuddle up with a glass of wine, and see this one. Well worth it.


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