Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

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Kar-Wai Wong

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Kar-Wai Wong (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Leung)
Gong Li ... Su Li-zhen
Faye Wong ... Wang Jing-wen / Android
Takuya Kimura ... Tak / Wang Jing-wen's Boyfriend
Ziyi Zhang ... Bai Ling
Carina Lau ... Lulu / Mimi / Android
Chen Chang ... Mimi's Boyfriend
Jie Dong ... Wang Jie-wen
Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen
Thongchai McIntyre Thongchai McIntyre ... Bird (as Bird Thongchai McIntyre)
Wang Sum Wang Sum ... Mr. Wang / Train Captain
Ping Lam Siu Ping Lam Siu ... Ah Ping
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farini Cheung ... Party Girl
Sien Cheung Sien Cheung ... Party girl (as Sabrina Cheung)
Siu-Lung Ching ... Dabao
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The story evolves around the main character, Zhou Mo Wan who writes a novel about a mysterious train that leaves for a place called 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who boards that train has the same intention - which is to recapture their lost memories. It is said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knows for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He had been there but He chose to leave. He wanted to change. Written by chicken noodles

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Are you still in the mood for love? See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Ziyi Zhang's character is named Bai Ling. It matches with the name of the real-life actress Bai Ling, known by The Crow (1994), Red Corner (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), Anna and the King (1999) and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), between another movies. See more »

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Chow Mo Wan: As I recall, that's the very last time we saw each other.
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Chinese version is edited for sexuality in the Ziyi Zhang/Tony Leung love scene. See more »

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(Extract From "Tu Ne Tueras Point-Live")
Composed by Zbigniew Preisner
(p) Label: Warner Classics
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Not so strong... but very well done
22 November 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"2046" is the number of an apartment where a journalist lives. It is also the title of his novel, which takes place in the future. And it is also the last year before the 50-year period the Chinese Government promised to let Hong Kong remain as it is...

Wong-Kar-Wai comes back 4 years after "In the mood for love" with another refined and delicate movie, although this one has not the same strength as the previous... Because the director wants to develop too many themes (love, the power of memories, the lack of communication, the importance of living now...). "In the mood for love" was maybe more focused on a love story and the impossibility of living it. "2046" is a sort of sequel, but we don't understand very well where the director wants to lead us.

Apart from that, the film deserves to be watched because it is original, it explains that we don't have to live the future in putting there the hopes which belonged to the past, otherwise life has a wasted meaning. The film is colourful and cinematography is excellent. Very slow, yes, but a film like this one follow its own poetry, images here are much more important than words.


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Release Date:

29 September 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,074, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$1,444,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,205,757
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