From acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai comes the story of a lonely writer imagines writing a sci-fi novel set in the future novel while actually writing about the past. In the novel, there is a mysterious train that takes its passengers into the year 2046, and all of it passengers have the same intention: to recapture their lost memories. It was said among the passengers that in 2046, nothing ever changes. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, since nobody who went there came back, except for one person, who went there and choose to leave. Because he wanted to change. This is his story…
Born in Shanghai, he moved to Hong Kong with his parents at the age of five. Coming from the Mainland and speaking only Mandarin and Shanghainese, he had a difficult period of adjustment to Cantonese speaking Hong Kong, spending hours in movie theatres with his mother. He made his directing debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By, produced by Alan Tang. It was a crime melodrama of the kind then hugely popular, and with heavy borrowings from Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1974), but already displayed one of his principal trademarks in its atmospheric and sometimes expressionistic color palette. It is his only box office hit to date. Wong went on to direct several more feature films in the 1990s, among these were Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), Ashes of Time (1994). His first major international recognition was at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival where he won the Best Director prize for Happy Together (1997). The filming of In the Mood for Love (2000) had to be shifted from Beijing… read more
I rarely use the words moving or touching but this movie deserves both. It's certainly not a Friday night out party movie and the start is a bit difficult. But once you get the hang of it, it's a moving and touching analogy of life, time and love. Excellent cast and for me a very new perspective on Hong Kong cinema.
Like many I found '2046' somewhat underwhelming on release in comparison to the passion and innovation of "in The Mood For Love', "Happy Together' and 'Chungking Express'. But on re-examination this film may rank amongst his most passionate and certainly most innovative to date. Performances are fantastic all around considering the actors didn't even have a script for the most part. Visually a total treat of course.
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The characters in Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 set themselves up for failure. One of the titles to a chapter is captioned “Tears are traces of memories”. I think that is because they try to make… read review
There is a scene in 2046 where Tony Leung, reprising his role from read review
The look and sound of this film are unashamedly stunning. The resonating character(s) from “In the Mood for Love” provide a confusing yet appealing backstory at the beginning of the film.
If… read review