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2046 (2004)

Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Gong Li, more...
Director: Wong Kar-Wai, Wong Kar-Wai
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Romance, Hong Kong
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai moves back and forth in time as he reexamines and amplifies the themes from his film In the Mood for Love in this offbeat romantic drama. Opening in the year 2046, in which a man named Tak (Takuya Kimura) attempts to persuades wjw 1967 (Faye Wong) to travel back in time with him, the film soon shifts to the year 1966, in which Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), a struggling author, asks the woman he loves, Su Lizhen (Gong Li) to sail with him from Singapore to Hong Kong on Christmas Eve. She declines, and over the next three years, we return to Chow Mo-wan on December 24 as he finds himself with another woman each year -- lighthearted Lulu (Carina Lau) in 1967, eccentric hotel heiress Wang Jingwen (Faye Wong) in 1968, and Bai Ling (Zhang Ziyi), a high-class prostitute, in 1969. In time, Chow Mo-wan and Wang Jingwen become reacquainted, and a love affair blooms, but the fates are not on their side. 2046 had its world premiere at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. A re-edited version featuring an additional 4 minutes of footage, but minus sequences by martial arts coordinator Tung Wai) premiered in late 2004. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Tony Leung Chiu Wai.

"I love to do different movies, different roles, but usually Wong Kar-wai's movies are the most challenging," Tony Leung Chiu Wai tells Jonathan Marlow in a conversation about his approach to roles in some of Hong Kong's most widely regarded and successful films, including Wong's recent 2046. Full article >>

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Beautiful but insubstantial by SBarnett May 23, 2006 - 3:17 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Beautiful to look at, rich color, good sound, with fine acting. Vividly evokes an image of the past and future. Yet the story is relatively insubstantial--a simple love story layered with metafictional manipulations. The film does not improve on the second viewing.

Nostalgia, Yearning and Mostly Glamour by talltale January 1, 2006 - 8:39 AM PST
9 out of 10 members found this review helpful
The apotheosis of glamour--utter, jaw-dropping moment after moment of optimum male and female beauty refined to a fare-thee-well--2046 is Kar-Wai Wong's most gorgeous film, surpassing even his "In the Mood for Love" and "Days of Being Wild." The tilt of a hip, the dawn of a half-smile, eye contact so hot you want to be part of it--all of this and more Wong serves up in a fashion that outdoes even the classics. This is not, however, his best work (I'd pick "Days" to fill that slot).

Never boring or uninteresting (if you're a glamour/romance addict, as so many of us movies lovers are) and anchored by Tony Leung Chiu Wai's riveting anti-hero, the film jumps so frequently back and forth in time among far too many characters to allow us to learn or care much about any of them (save Leung, and it's mostly his unrequited loves that we rub up against). Clocking in at just over two hours, the movie--as beautiful as it is--does begin to repeat itself, telling us at least twice that it's about memory, nostalgia, lost love and the like. But there's not a lot of "there" there, unless it be the sheer romantic glamour on display. Which, by the way, was more than enough for me. I could watch the whole thing all over again tomorrow, and probably would--if I hadn't already sent back the DVD.

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