2046

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Alternate ending; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurette; interview with Wong Kar Wai, Tony Leung, and Ziyi Zhang; music video; photo gallery.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai crafts an elegant, episodic expression of yearning and regret in 2046, an oblique and indirect sequel to his 2001 masterpiece, In the Mood for Love. In fact, top-billed Tony Leung plays one Chow Mo Wan, which was also his character's name in the earlier film. He's writing a futuristic science fiction novel from a hotel room, next door to one that has housed a string of his lovers. There's Lulu Carina Lau, a hooker who is murdered after meeting Chow. Then there's Jing Faye Wong, the hotel owner's daughter, who loves a Japanese man but finds herself drawn to the writer. And there's Bai Ling Ziyi Zhang, another prostitute, who eventually becomes Chow's confidante and drinking partner. None of them, however, compares to Su Li Zhen Gong Li, the woman he left in Singapore before taking up residence in the hotel. It's difficult to convey more of the plot because, frankly, there isn't more of a plot. Wong Kar-Wai is a visual stylist with few equals today, and 2046 reflects his passion for imagery. The women, beauties all, are lovingly photographed in carefully lit settings. Baroque architecture, intricately textured surfaces, and coils of wafting cigarette smoke embellish the richly colored images and establish a dreamy mood that lulls the viewer into a languid state. The significance of the number 2046 is never really explained; it's both Chow's room number and the year in which his novel is set. That’s just one of the puzzling things about this endlessly fascinating film. You won't know exactly where 2046 is going, but you'll want to stay with it for the entire journey.
All Movie Guide
Because it wasn't advertised as a sequel to In the Mood for Love "sequel" being a pedestrian Hollywood term that wouldn't apply, Wong Kar-Wai's 2046 might frustrate confused viewers who weren't aware there was a crucial first chapter. But even those who saw Wong's beautiful and elegiac treatise on love will be a little frustrated by 2046, particularly literalists in search of narrative fluidity or character catharsis. It's not that much of a sci-fi movie; the title alludes to a hotel room number more than a year, although as a year, it has a secondary function that never quite crystallizes. But it's still in the same category as films like Steven Soderbergh's Solaris and Steven Spielberg's A.I. -- films whose existential agendas divided their audiences, enrapt devotees on one side, bitter detractors on the other. What's indisputable is that 2046 is the ultimate tone poem, and since Wong is a master of tone, it can be a transporting experience. The trio of cinematographers including the acclaimed Christopher Doyle, reprising from Mood brings a dreamy look to the film that's entrancing. The soft focus and slow wandering of the camera has the effect of making love to the actors and scenery, oozing in for private glimpses, from strange angles. The film is a technical masterpiece that perfectly underscores Wong's themes, and Tony Leung makes an effortlessly sympathetic guide, even when his character's actions seem amoral. It's the film's substance that will give pause to some viewers. The narrative is structured strangely, spending ample time on a woman Zhang Ziyi he doesn't care about, but skimping on the exposition with the two women he supposedly adores. Like the thematic cousins mentioned earlier, 2046 also comes dangerously close to pretentiousness -- which may be the defining difference from the sweet simplicity of In the Mood for Love.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
Its pearly artistry and gorgeous faces should put you quickly, deeply, in the mood for love.

Its pearly artistry and gorgeous faces should put you quickly, deeply, in the mood for love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2005
  • UPC: 043396117303
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,835

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Chow Mo-wan
Gong Li Su Lizhen
Takuya Kimura Tak
Faye Wong Wang Jingwen/wjw 1967
Ziyi Zhang Bai Ling,
Carina Lau Lulu/Mimi,
Chang Cheng Mimi cc 1966
Wang Sum Mr. Wang, Train Captain
Lam Siu-ping Ping
Thongchai "Bird" McIntyre Bird
Dong Jie Wang Jiewen
Chang Chen
Technical Credits
Wong Kar-Wai Director, Producer, Screenwriter
BUF Special Effects
William Chang Costumes/Costume Designer, Editor, Production Designer
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Tu Duu-chih Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Heumann Co-producer
Claude Letessier Sound/Sound Designer
Amedeo Panaghi Co-producer
Kwan Pun-leung Cinematographer
Peer Rabin Score Composer
Marc Sillam Co-producer
Shigeru Umebayashi Score Composer
Alfred Yau Art Director
Lai Yiu-Fai Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 2046
1. Start [:41]
2. Leaving Shanghai [3:06]
3. Hong Kong Lulu [1:26]
4. 2047 [2:35]
5. Two Daughters [:23]
6. 2046 [:02]
7. Miss Bai [1:50]
8. A Token [1:44]
9. Christmas [1:45]
10. A Fine Joke [:50]
11. Ten Dollars [1:38]
12. Short on Cash [:34]
13. A Warning [2:13]
14. "Pay Up." [:02]
15. Volume [1:48]
16. Crossed Paths [2:13]
17. Jingwen's Letter [:32]
18. Collaboration [3:05]
19. Android [:02]
20. "I'll Be Your Tree." [1:20]
21. The Five Decays of Celestial Beings" [2:31]
22. Another Christmas [:37]
23. Santa Claus [2:55]
24. Sad Ending [:05]
25. Drinking Pals [4:04]
26. Black Spide [:29]
27. What He Was Looking For [:03]
28. Memories [6:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 2046
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      Subtitles Off
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Behind the Scenes of 2046
      Deleted Scenes & Alternate Ending
         Deleted Scene #1: Black Spide Visits Chow
         Deleted Scene #2: The Android Visits the Writer
         Alternate Ending: The Writer Visits the Future Bar
      Crossed Looks: Interviews With Wong Kar Wai, Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang
      Anatomy of Memories
      Music Montage
      The Music of 2046
         2046 Main Theme/2046 Main Theme [Rumba Version/Interludes I & II
            2046 Main Theme
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            2046 Main Theme [Rumba Version]
               1
            Interludes I & II
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         Christmas Song
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         Polonaise/Long Journey/Susiphos at Work
            Polonaise
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            Long Journey
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            Sysiphos
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         Dark Chariot
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         Julien Et Barbara/Decision
            Julien Et Barbara
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            Decision
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         Sway/2046 Main Theme [Rumba Version]
            Sway
               1
            2046 [Rumba Version]
               1
         Adagio
            1
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         Casta Diva/Il Pirata
            Casta Diva
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            Il Pirata
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         Siboney/Siboney [Instrumental]/Perfidia
            Siboney
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            Siboney [Instrumental]
               1
            Perfidia
               1
               2
      Numerology of 2046
      International Exploration Poster Gallery
      Previews
         Thumbsucker
         Junebug
         Saraband
         Heights
         Yes
         Memory of a Killer
         Layer Cake
         Kung Fu Hustle
   Previews
      Thumbsucker
      Junebug
      Saraband
      Heights
      Yes
      Memory of a Killer
      Layer Cake
      Kung Fu Hustle
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ANOTHER MASTERPIECE FROM KAR-WAI

    After viewing "In the Mood for Love" in a movie theater in Madrid, I knew I was in the presence of one of the best working filmmakers of my generation. His name is Wong Kar-wai. The stylish pace, cinematograghy and music sets the tone for one of the most beautifull love stories ever filmed. The loosley based sequel "2046" lives up to the hype of the prior film. Actor Tony Leung reprises his roll in the original film as hopeless romantic Chow Mo-wan. His character has changed from the last time we saw him. He's become a synic womanizer, a two bit writer who longs for his lost love. At first we think that the love he lost is the incredible Gong-Li playing a character that shares the same name with the lead character of "In the Mood..." played by Maggie Cheung in the original (both are named Su Li-Zhen)but then we learn that is more complicated than that. The film is actually about the lost of oneself over love and how sometimes we can never get back what we once lost. 2046 is a direct refrence to the hotel room were the lead characters from the original film had their "affair" in. But is also the hotel room in which Chow Mo-wan carries his love affairs, as all his lovers stay in this room. It's also the title of a Sci-Fi novel that Mo-wan is writing. Romantic to the core, beautifull and special both films will stand as "The Godfather" and "Godfather 2" of the romantic drama genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PINNACLE WONG KAR WAI

    ANY FAN OF WAI'S WILL LOVE THIS FILM. IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN "IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE." WHY? TO ME THE MAIN CHARACTERS ARE MORE INTERESTING AND THERE IS ALOT MORE HAPPENING IN THIS FILM THAN IN ANY OTHER OF WAI'S FILM. THE FILM IS BEAUTIFUL AND ALL THE GOOD PARTS OF WAI'S PREVIOUS WORK ARE TWIRLED INTO THIS PICTURE. A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stunningly Beautiful

    This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen and is a must-have for anyone interested in Chinese cinema. In many ways it isn't the story that makes this film so interesting its the mood. The cinematography is not to be missed either.

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