I spoke to Tony Leung 7 years ago at Rotterdam Film Festival, and interviewed Takuya Kimura in Cannes last year. Leung has become the best actor in Hong Kong and Kimura is most sought-after actor in Japan now.
2046 was the number of the hotel room, in which Tony Leong and Maggie Chan had an affair in the film “In the Mood for Love”. Four years after its release, Wong Kar-Wai produced “2046”. When Hong Kong was handed over by UK in 1997, the Mainland China promised fifty years of self-regulation there. The year 2046 means the moment Hong Kong’s special status ends. Before production, Kar-Wai used to say he would present something unchangeable even after 2046 in this film. However, when it came out, we found this film was actually not about our future, but about memories. Sweet and excellent.