2046 dir. Wong Kar-wai (王家卫). 2004.
A loose sequel to Wong Kar-wai’s award-winning films Days of Being Wild and In the Mood For Love, 2046 is a sci-fi romance drama following the aftermath of Chow Mo-wan’s incomplete affair with Su Lizhen. Heartbroken and unsatisfied after the failed relationship, Chow returns to Hong Kong as a debonair womanizer to hide his pain. Three story arcs of the film cover Chow’s successive romances with three women who move into room 2046, next door to Chow’s rented apartment. The fourth arc concerns the life of a character from Chow’s science fiction serial, 2046, a Japanese man named Tak. Set in the far future, Chow’s tale describes a mysterious realm known only in theory as “2046,” where heartsick individuals journey to find love.
2046 features a number of renowned actors, including Tony Leung Chiu-wai, who reprises his role as Chow; Gong Li, who plays a gambler nicknamed “Black Spider” who Chow met in Singapore; Faye Wong, who appears as the oldest daughter of owner of the hotel were Chow stays and a gynoid Tak meets on the train to 2046; Takuya Kimura, who stars as Tak; and Zhang Ziyi, who plays a cabaret girl who falls in love with Chow. The film performed remarkably well in box offices worldwide and received considerable critical acclaim. It won multiple awards, including awards for Best Art Direction and Best Original Film Score at the Taiwanese Golden Horse Film Festival.
The year 2046 is politically significant for Hong Kong, as it is forty-nine years after the 1997 Hong Kong handover. The mainland government promised fifty years of self-regulation for the former British colony, and 2046 represents the last moment before the period ends.
In the year 2046, a vast rail network spans the globe. Once in a while, a mysterious train will leave for 2046. Every passenger going to 2046 has the same intention: to recapture lost memories. Because nothing ever changes in 2046.