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Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

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Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay) (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Credited cast:
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 Thongchai McIntyre ... Bird (as Bird Thongchai McIntyre)
Wang Sum Wang Sum ... Mr. Wang / Train Captain
Ping Lam Siu Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farini Cheung ... Party Girl
Sabrina Cheung Sabrina Cheung ... Party girl
Siu-Lung Ching ... Dabao
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Storyline

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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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Hong Kong | China | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

Cantonese | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

29 September 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

2046 - Der ultimative Liebesfilm See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,074, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$261,481, 11 December 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Li Gong and Zhang Ziyi would collaborate again in the film Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). See more »

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Chow Mo Wan: Love is all a matter of timing.
Chow Mo Wan: It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late.
Chow Mo Wan: If I'd lived in another time or place...
Chow Mo Wan: ...my story might have had a very different ending.
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Chinese version is edited for sexuality in the Ziyi Zhang/Tony Leung love scene. 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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Stylish and demanding--yet not satisfying
10 January 2006 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Without a doubt "2046" is one of the most impressive Chinese films that I have seen. It invites the viewer to a world of time (year 2046, when Hong Kong truly integrates with mainland China; the past, the present, and the future of the storyteller) and space (the hotel rooms 2046 and 2047). The film urges the viewer to look at the future with nostalgia for the past (not its achievements, rather its missed opportunities). On the face of it all, it appears the battleground of the four dimensions revolve around man-woman relationships. But the director teases the viewer, is that all that is presented? "2046" probably eclipses Hollywood's "Matrix" and "Minority Report" in its elliptical story-telling. "2046" is a heady mix of fine screenplay, alluring cinematography and clever choice of music. Not having seen the prequel to this film, I might be at a disadvantage at appreciating several nuances.

I saw the film during the recent Dubai Film Festival within 24 hours of two other engaging films: "Kong Kue" (Peacock) a brilliant Chinese film and the Italian film "Consequences of Love" and I cannot but help compare the three. "Kong Kue" leaves you satisfied of having seen a great film, "Consequences of Love" makes you marvel at how Buster Keaton and Tati can be creatively adapted to contemporary tastes (with similar symbolic hotel rooms as in "2046"), and "2046" enthralls the intelligent viewer without satiating his intellect. "2046," unlike the other, two does require more than one viewing.

While all three are major films, one fact is quite evident--the current decade seems to belong to serious Chinese cinema, just as the previous decade belonged to Iranian cinema.


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