2046 (2004)

WONG KAR WAI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

China/France/Germany/Hong Kong, 2004.  Jet Tone Films, Shanghai Film Group, Orly Films, , Classic, Precious Yield, Arte France Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Kar-Wai Wong.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Kar-Wai Wong.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang.  

While not the heaviest on story exposition, this is a heartfelt melodrama about a writer () living in a seedy hotel and enjoying a womanizing existence until a beautiful party girl () shows up and turns his life upside down. He writes a science-fiction story about a man who falls in love with an android that has similarities to Leung’s experiences with Zhang, a mysterious gambler () and the hotel manager’s lovestruck daughter. It’s one of the most gorgeous films you’ve ever seen and a worthy successor to In The Mood For Lovewith which it has narrative ties.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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