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

Writer:

Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Leung)
Gong Li ... 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
Sien Cheung Sien Cheung ... Party girl (as Sabrina Cheung)
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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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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While 2046 was being filmed, a photographer from Sudden Weekly, a Hong Kong tabloid, bribed his way onto the set. After his pictures of the interior of the Oriental Hotel were published, Wong Kar-wai ordered the set to be rebuilt. The photographer was subsequently sentenced to three months' jail for corruption. See more »

Quotes

Tak: I want to know how you feel. I'm scared to hear your answer but, I need to know. Do you like me? Or not. Leave with me.
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Alternate Versions

Chinese version is edited for sexuality in the Ziyi Zhang/Tony Leung love scene. See more »

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Referenced in Afstiros katallilo (2008) See more »

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Interlude I & II
by Shigeru Umebayashi
(p) & © Block 2 Music Company Ltd.
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A gorgeous, poignant film.
1 January 2006 | by myfavoriteartformSee 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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Hong Kong | China | France | Italy | Germany

Language:

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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,074, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$1,444,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,205,757
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2.35 : 1
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