2046 2005

2046

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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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A train in a futuristic landscape takes passengers to a place where they can recapture their memories, a place from which no one has ever returned. This is the premise of a novel by the womanizing sci-fi writer Chow (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), who engages in passionate affairs with a series of intriguing women he meets at the Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. As Chow's lovers offer him inspiration for his writing, reality blends with fiction, and the past commingles with the future.

Cast & Crew

Gong Li
Su Li-zhen
Faye Wong
Wang Jing Wen, wjw1967
Carina Lau
Lulu, Mimi
Chen Chang
Mimi's Boyfriend
Wang Sum
Mr. Wang, Train Captain
Eric Heumann
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Amedeo Pagani
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Marc Sillam
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Peer Raben
Original Music
Shigeru Umebayashi
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Christopher Doyle
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Pung-Leung Kwan
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Critic Reviews for 2046

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (17)

  • The ravishing images are tinged with regret and loss: no passion can assuage the jaded hero's solitude.

    March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • The romantic fatalism is so lush that you're invited to get lost in it.

    June 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Quite simply an incomparably sublime work of art, a triumph of lyricism over narrative in the cinema, and the most exquisite homage to the beauty of women it has ever been my privilege to witness on the screen.

    April 25, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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  • It may help if you grasp the many allusions to Wong's earlier films (including, notably, Days of Being Wild), but it's far from necessary. This, after all, is undeniably real cinema.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Wong offers an artful meditation on the nature of love, making effective use of color schemes (yellows, greens and reds), placid shotmaking and diverse music to deliver a sultry portrait of postwar Hong Kong.

    October 13, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for 2046

  • Jul 21, 2011
    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 V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2011
    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 s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    Beautiful sequel to In the mood for love! Loved it and is pretty interesting. :)
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2010
    This movie was unbelievably slow....I think all two hours could have been shown in 20 minutes!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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