The 40 Year Old Virgin
Öga rött, Ett

2046 (2004)
China / Cantonese
"Where everything ends... and begins (Spanish translation) "
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...
Tony Leung Chiu Wai Chow Mo Wan (as Tony Leung)
Li Gong Su Li Zhen
Faye Wong Wang Jing Wen/Android on 2046 Train
Takuya Kimura Tak/Wang Jing Wen's Boyfriend
Ziyi Zhang Bai Ling
Carina Lau Lulu/Mimi/Android on 2046 Train
Chen Chang Mimi's Boyfriend
Jie Dong Wang Jie Wen
Maggie Cheung Su Li Zhen 1960
Thongchai McIntyre Bird (as Bird Thongchai McIntyre)
Wang Sum Mr. Wang/Train Captain
Ping Lam Siu Ah Ping
Ting Yip Ng (unconfirmed)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Producer: Kar Wai Wong
Writer: Kar Wai Wong
Lullaby...go to sleep....
In 1966, in Hong Kong, a writer holes himself up in a hotel room and writes an erotic sci-fi novel set in the year 2046 where he is channeling his feelings on past loves and romances that always ended tragically. The central conceit of trying to relive or recreate past emotions to no satisfying end is a powerful one. "2046" wants to really make the viewer ache for love lost or unrequited. It does this first with a beautiful soundtrack of classical themes, pop songs (Nat King Cole's rendition of "The Christmas Song" is put to especially good use here), and a searing original score. It does it secondly with exquisitely constructed and framed moving images. This is one of those movies where the stills could be sold in fine art galleries.

Unfortunately for all it's finely detailed points, characterization is paper thin, and the futuristic stuff about pretty female androids developing human emotions is as cheesy and silly as it sounds and looks. In the end, I felt no emotional connection to the characters, their stories, and the beautiful images with which they were encased. The mobius dream-like structure (which has been used so well in the movies of Terrence Malick and David Lynch) is wasted on shallow and vague motives and as a result almost lulled me to sleep. The great music is the only thing that kept me awake to enjoy some of the imagery. There's a lot of play with numerology, and I really wanted this to be some artistic statement on the return of power of Hong Kong back to mainland China, but I don't think the film is nearly as deep as it so badly wants to be.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 7.5
Musician: Shigeru Umebayashi
Running time: 129 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3