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3.9
6,786 Ratings

2046

Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Hong Kong, China, 2004
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention… to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed.

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2046 Directed by Wong Kar-wai

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2005 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2005 | 3 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

The film is divided into episodes centered on different women, who are played magnificently by Carina Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Faye Wong, and Gong Li. (As in LOVE, the women are magnificently dressed too.) This was Wong’s first film in widescreen, though he shot most of it in medium close-up—the film transpires in an intimate space where it seems that sex (or, possibly, a deeper connection) is only a breath away.
January 19, 2018
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Wong and Doyle conjure gorgeous scifi images in the sleek confines of the 2046 train and the blank-eyed yet mysteriously emotive robots who stalk the deserted conveyance, Kimura’s perfect manga hero their detached and pensive companion-lover. Nor is scifi the only genre Wong rifles, as he steps into film noir and paperback romance tales. Gong’s gauntleted gambler could have stepped out of his frustrated attempt to film the source novel for Orson Welles’ noir masterpiece The Lady From Shanghai.
September 21, 2016
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The gorgeous composition and moody texture of setting is everything. Doorways and draperies frame encounters, intertwined with sci-fi sequences from the novel Chow is writing in which lonely souls on a vast railway network try to reach 2046 – where it’s said nothing changes, so there is never loss.
February 09, 2016
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