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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:
40 wins & 39 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(18 articles)
User Reviews:
Mesmerizing 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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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:
Production was shut down during the SARS epidemic in March 2003.See more »
Quotes:
Chow Mo Wan:Whenever someone asked why I left 2046, I always gave them some vague answer. It was easier.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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180 out of 237 people found the following review useful.
Mesmerizing, 20 October 2004
Author: ken_lee54 (ken_lee54@hotmail.com) from Singapore

Review: 2046 (2004) By Ken Lee

Several years in the making and highly anticipated, _2046_ (2004) should pacify director Wong Kar Wai's fans, at least, for its end-of-an-era feel and look. At its core, this is a decidedly (or deceptively) simple movie, in spite of its fractured and non-linear narrative. It tells the tale of an emotionally wrecked man, Chow Mo Wan (played by Tony Leung), a reprised character from Wong's critically acclaimed earlier oeuver, _In the Mood for Love (2000)_, and the many beautiful women he keeps and fails to keep, in a time-space continuance that is laden with sepia-tinted memories: a monologue, if you will, of Chow's torrid love affairs, love spats, and the ensuing heartbreaks resulting, no doubt, from the pangs of a failed liaison Chow is trying to escape. It'd appear that the failed relation with Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung) in _In the Mood for Love_, who has a "special appearance" in this film, has changed Chow irrevocably, which is key to understanding Chow's troubled soul.

But it is not a sequel necessarily, per se, to _In the Mood for Love_. This film can still be watched on its own, though it'd certainly help if you could link moments in _2046_ to the director's earlier works, for it's laden with jumbled continuity (take the character of Lulu, for example, first seen in _Days of Being Wild (1991)_), hidden meanings (read: Neo-Godardian) and other fun stuff, sorta an insider's joke, if you dig such esoteric things. But I digress. And it's been said that this is a culmination of all the previous filmic experience of director Wong (bordering on narcissism); hence its "end-of-an-era" feel and look is duly appreciated and a point well taken.

In _2046_, Chow's isn't an easily likable character owing to the frailty and the vagaries of his own personal emotions and peccadilloes, but that makes him only human and real, and his character, believable. Take the following exchange:

Su Lizhen (Gong Li) to Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung): Do you know my past?

Professional gambler Su (she who is of the same name as that of Maggie's character in _In the Mood for Love_) asked Chow, dissonantly, questioning the latter essentially whether there is a future for the both of them, if he cannot forget his past. And it's for the same reason, or so we're led to believe, that Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi) is left devastated, as Chow cannot treat her any differently from the scores of other women he's seeing; hence eliciting the following memorable line from Bai which I'm sure speaks to most of us one way or another:

Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi) to Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung): You may not like me. But I'll like you all the same.

What fools we are made by love. :)

Contrasting Chow as a man who dwells in the past and in need of closure to move on, Tak (Kimura Takuya) isn't ambiguous when it comes to matters of the heart.

Tak (Kimura Takuya) to Wang Jingwen (Faye Wong): I do not know what your answer may be. (I dread to know.) But I need to know.

Here is a man who is not afraid to love and says his love. And he needs to know if his love is unrequited. And in seeking happiness, the message seems to be that there is no other way. Now why does this remind me of all the sorry tales with which we are all-too-familiar with men-who-cannot-commit-or-decide? :) And so the film is thusly replete with impressions of repeated variations of the same theme: the pointlessness of returning to the past. Which is why we have the following line:

Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi) to Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung): Why can't it be like before? (The same reason why nobody returns on the 2046 train, in Chow's sci-fi novel of the same name. Seen in this light, it is also a double-entendre for director Wong: Why can't this film be like the one before in the form of _In the Mood for Love_? Where does he go from here?)

Those familiar with Wong's earlier works will notice his signatures throughout: quick cutting, slow motion, fast motion, freeze frames, black and white, tilt shots, color filters, neon-sign lighting, aided ably by three able cinematographers. Production value of _2046_ is expectedly top-notch. Music by Shigeru Umebayashi is haunting and sets the right mood. Zhang Suping (William Chang Suk Ping) does a wonderful job in creating an enrapturing atmosphere set in the late '60s.

How great it is, in an otherwise desolate world of unease, vulnerability, hopelessness, and pathos, we have directors such as Wong to feast our senses. Highly recommended.

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