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Director:
Writer:
Kar Wai Wong (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Where everything ends... and begins (Spanish translation) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
41 wins & 39 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
User Reviews:
Bits and Pieces of Love Stories from a Writer's Mind: A Wondrous Journey See more (207 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Leung)

Li Gong ... Su Li-zhen
Faye Wong ... Wang Jing-wen / Android
Takuya Kimura ... Tak / Wang Jing-wen's Boyfriend

Ziyi Zhang ... Bai Ling

Carina Lau ... Lulu / Mimi / Android

Chen Chang ... Mimi's Boyfriend

Jie Dong ... Wang Jie-wen

Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen
Thongchai McIntyre ... Bird (as Bird Thongchai McIntyre)
Wang Sum ... Mr. Wang / Train Captain
Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wah Hong ... Party girl
Alice Lee ... Hostess
Ting Yip Ng ... (unconfirmed)

Directed by
Kar Wai Wong 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar Wai Wong  screenplay

Produced by
Wai-Chung Chan .... line producer
Ye-cheng Chan .... executive producer
Gilles Ciment .... co-executive producer
Eric Heumann .... co-producer
Stéphane Kooshmanian .... associate producer
Amedeo Pagani .... co-producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... executive producer
Marc Sillam .... co-producer
Kar Wai Wong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shigeru Umebayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Pung-Leung Kwan 
 
Film Editing by
William Chang  (as William Chang Suk Ping)
 
Production Design by
William Chang  (as William Chang Suk Ping)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Yau 
 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
 
Production Management
Olivier Chiavassa .... production manager
Chiu Wah Lee .... production manager
Helen Li .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shin-shi Hui .... second second assistant director
Johnnie Kong .... assistant director
Ji-wei Kuan .... first assistant director
Shao-hua Li .... assistant director
Rosanna Ng .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ping Lam Siu .... property master
 
Sound Department
Michael Baird .... sound designer
Yu Teng Hsu .... boom operator
Claude Letessier .... supervising sound designer
Du-Che Tu .... sound designer (as Tu Duu Chih)
Bruno Seznec .... re-recording mixer: remix (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Johnny Alves .... digital effects artist
Florent Andorra .... digital artist
Jérôme Arthuis .... processing: DuboiColor
François-Xavier Aubague .... visual effects supervisor
Christophe Belena .... coordinator scans/recording/color grading: Duboicolor
Nadir Benhassaine .... visual effects coordinator: BUF Compagnie
Mélodie Boileau .... visual effects coordinator
Nicolas Bonnell .... visual effects producer: BUF
Coralie Boulay .... visual effects editor
Pierre Buffin .... visual effects supervisor: BUF
Florent Cadel .... digital artist
Nicolas Daniel .... video operator: Duboicolor
Sébastien Drouin .... visual effects supervisor
Laurent Gillet .... visual effects: Buf Compagnie
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: Duboicolor (as Rip O'Neil)
Sonia Holst .... visual effects coordinator: Buf Compagnie
Abdel Ali Kassou .... processing: DuboiColor
Didier le Fouest .... digital colorist (as Didier Le Fouest)
Damien Macé .... compositor
Karine Marchandou .... digital grading manager
Loris Paillier .... digital artist
Philippe Palmieri .... digital artist
Xavier Perol .... digital artist
Boris Plateau .... digital compositor
Olivier Pron .... concept artist
Olivier Pron .... digital artist
Guillaume Raffi .... visual effects coordinator: Buf Compagnie
Sebastien Rame .... digital compositor
Eddy Richard .... digital artist: BUF
Mathilde Tollec .... digital artist
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
Jean-Marc van Rijswick .... digital artist: BUF
David Verbeke .... visual effects supervisor
Dominique Vidal .... visual effects: BUF
Raphael Zito .... digital effects artist
Sophie Gateau .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Wei Tung .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Freeman .... grip
Po Wing Ho .... dolly grip
Pung-Leung Kwan .... director of photography: second unit
Yiu-Fai Lai .... director of photography: second unit
Chi Ming Wong .... gaffer (as Wong Chi Ming)
 
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... color timer (as Serge Antony)
Nicolas Billy .... colorist
Pak Shing Lin .... assistant editor
Fabien Pascal .... color timer
Laurent Pelé .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Stephanie Cheung .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content
Runtime:
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | China:17 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Ireland:15A (original rating) | Ireland:12 (video rating) | Italy:T | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18SX (uncut version) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Tak:Do you know what people did in the old days when they had secrets they didn't want to share? They'd climb a moutain, find a tree, carve a hole in it, whisper the secret into the hole and cover it up with mud. That way, nobody else would ever learn the secret...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Afstiros katallilo (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
SwaySee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Chinese Version and the Uncut Version?
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Bits and Pieces of Love Stories from a Writer's Mind: A Wondrous Journey, 2 January 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

Kar Wai Wong is more than a film director (though he is one of the finest directors working today!): he is a visual, poetic, creative and daring artist capable of more cinematic miracles in one isolated film than most directors achieve in a lifetime. '2046' is a visually stunning, intellectually challenging, emotionally charged view of love and lust in today's kinetically dysfunctional society.

There is no one way to interpret this non-linear film and therein lies much of its rewards. The main character Chow (Tony Leung) is a writer and a libertine who has pushed his vacuous life around with his hormones and though he has had many affairs he has failed to find the illusory 'love'. He has lived in Singapore and Hong Kong, makes his living writing columns of newspapers while his novels formulate in his mind. One of his novels is called '2046', the title based on the room number in a hotel where he witnessed a bizarre incident involving a gorgeous woman, and resulted in his moving into the adjoining room 2047 where is meets the hotel manager's daughter in love with a Filipino Japanese man her father loathes. He desires this unattainable woman and fuses her with a fictional 'android' in his novel which now uses '2046' as a year or time or place where people go to find memories. He continues to encounter women for whom he desires more than surface relationships (there is a stunning lady gambler cameo who represents everything he lusts and longs for, etc) but he is never able to find his tenuous ideal: his memory is his only source of consolation.

The actors in every role include many of the finest actors available: Li Gong, Ziyi Zhang, Carina Lau, Maggie Cheung, Takuya Kimura, Chen Chang, and of course Tony Leung. But it is Kar Wai Wong, the writer, director, choreographer, colorist, visionary that makes this excursion into the interstices of the mind/imagination so overwhelmingly satisfying. Whether the viewer elects to view the story as a continuation of the director's previous films, or as reality vs memory, fiction vs imagination, sci-fi excursion, or simply a plethora of vignettes about the challenges of finding love in a world geared toward instant gratification, this is a magnificent achievement. In many ways the sound track could be turned off (though the beautiful musical score by Peer Raben and Shigeru Umebayashi with a lot of help from Maria Callas! would be missed), and the inventive cinematography and visual image manipulations by Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan and Yiu-Fai Lai such as the constant dividing of the screen into triptychs and diptychs would remain some of the most beautiful photographic images on film.

This is not an easy film to follow and it is most assuredly one that will grow in importance with repeated viewings. The comparison with Alain Resnais' 'Last Year at Marienbad' suggests its potency. But free the mind and enter into the world of '2046' for one of the most satisfying cinematic achievements of the recent past. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp

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