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Director Wong Kar-Wai has created in 2046 another visually stunning, atmospheric, and melancholy movie about unrequited love and loneliness.



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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 lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure whether it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back -- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.


Li Gong
as Su Li Zhen
Faye Wong
as Wang Jingwen/wjw 1967
Ziyi Zhang
as Bai Ling
Carina Lau
as Lulu/Mimi
Chen Chang
as Mimi cc 1966
Wang Sum
as Mr. Wang/Train Captain
Siu Ping-lam
as Ah Ping
Dong Jie
as Wang Jiewen
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An intoxicating and satisfying loose sequel to the brilliant "In the Mood for Love." Wai manages to tap into that same tonal vein as the predecessor. But rather than exploiting an old feeling, he manages to breathe new life in it, which is one of the highest praises that I can give a sequel. The acting is superb as well with Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi really delivering outstanding performances. I don't recommend watching this as a stand alone picture as I think one would find it hard to care about Tony Leung's character without knowing what took place in the previous film. Put 2046 in the end of your Wong Kar Wai marathon. It isn't his best, but is great for fans who want to spent a little more time with a characters they came to love so dearly. As they say in the film, 2046 is a place to recapture lost memories. Wai eloquently does this in 2046 and makes them feel fresh again.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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Labored and overly fanciful.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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Except for the visual excellency, this movie sucked at more levels than it worked. Owing to its high IMDb rating and having heard too many positive responses, I decided to check it out. But little did I know that it's going to be a yawn-inducing love story. The movie must be good, but it didn't work out well for me. I can't sit through movies falling under this genre, all the more when they're told in a wannabe-extraordinary way.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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2046. A number of a hotel room. A place/ year where nothing ever changes. A place from where only one man ever returned. A sci-fiction story called 2047. A story about love or whatever it is. The fragmentary shooting is like the story itself: life is a bunch of lost moments and memories, some of we try to hold and keep forever, and love, it end up being a college of idealizations and of what could have been. "Love is all a matter of timing. It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late. If I´d live in another time or place......my story might have had a very different ending". Three movies came to my mind: Chungking Express, for obvious reasons: Faye Wong and Tony Leung Chiu Wai costarting after ten years. The Double Life of Veronique (or Kieslowski himself) for the stunning use of colors (specially the green and red) and for the "poetic" focus on gestures. And Hirokazu Koreeda´s After Life, where people can choose only one memory to take to eternity.

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Rubia Carolina

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