2046 (2004)

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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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Tak: Let's see each other again. Then, if you think we shouldn't be together, tell me so frankly... That day, six years ago, a rainbow appeared in my heart. It's still there, like a flame burning inside me. But what are your real feelings for me? Are they like a rainbow after the rain? Or did that rainbow fade away long ago?...
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References Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) See more »


Composed and Arranged by Shigeru Umebayashi
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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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