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 Wong Kar Wai.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Kar-Wai Wong.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by William Chang.  Film Editing by William Chang.  Cannes Film Festival 2004National Board of Review Awards 2005.  New York Film Critics Awards 2005.  

While not the heaviest on story exposition, this is a thoroughly 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.

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