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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 See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,074, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$1,444,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,470,239
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Chow Mo Wan: When you don't take "no" for an answer, there is still a chance you'll get what you want.
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Not so strong... but very well done
22 November 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"2046" is the number of an apartment where a journalist lives. It is also the title of his novel, which takes place in the future. And it is also the last year before the 50-year period the Chinese Government promised to let Hong Kong remain as it is...

Wong-Kar-Wai comes back 4 years after "In the mood for love" with another refined and delicate movie, although this one has not the same strength as the previous... Because the director wants to develop too many themes (love, the power of memories, the lack of communication, the importance of living now...). "In the mood for love" was maybe more focused on a love story and the impossibility of living it. "2046" is a sort of sequel, but we don't understand very well where the director wants to lead us.

Apart from that, the film deserves to be watched because it is original, it explains that we don't have to live the future in putting there the hopes which belonged to the past, otherwise life has a wasted meaning. The film is colourful and cinematography is excellent. Very slow, yes, but a film like this one follow its own poetry, images here are much more important than words.


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