2004 [CHINESE]

Action / Drama / Romance / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 58001

Plot summary

April 14, 2020 at 09:13 AM


Kar-Wai Wong

Top cast

Ziyi Zhang as Bai Ling
Li Gong as Su Li-zhen
Tony Chiu Wai Leung as Chow Mo-wan
Chen Chang as Mimi's Boyfriend
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1.15 GB
Chinese 2.0
29.97 fps
2 hr 7 min
P/S 2 / 12
2.36 GB
Chinese 5.1
29.97 fps
2 hr 7 min
P/S 11 / 52

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gradyharp 10 / 10

Bits and Pieces of Love Stories from a Writer's Mind: A Wondrous Journey

Kar Wai Wong is more than a film director (though he is one of the finest directors working today!): he is a visual, poetic, creative and daring artist capable of more cinematic miracles in one isolated film than most directors achieve in a lifetime. '2046' is a visually stunning, intellectually challenging, emotionally charged view of love and lust in today's kinetically dysfunctional society.

There is no one way to interpret this non-linear film and therein lies much of its rewards. The main character Chow (Tony Leung) is a writer and a libertine who has pushed his vacuous life around with his hormones and though he has had many affairs he has failed to find the illusory 'love'. He has lived in Singapore and Hong Kong, makes his living writing columns of newspapers while his novels formulate in his mind. One of his novels is called '2046', the title based on the room number in a hotel where he witnessed a bizarre incident involving a gorgeous woman, and resulted in his moving into the adjoining room 2047 where is meets the hotel manager's daughter in love with a Filipino Japanese man her father loathes. He desires this unattainable woman and fuses her with a fictional 'android' in his novel which now uses '2046' as a year or time or place where people go to find memories. He continues to encounter women for whom he desires more than surface relationships (there is a stunning lady gambler cameo who represents everything he lusts and longs for, etc) but he is never able to find his tenuous ideal: his memory is his only source of consolation.

The actors in every role include many of the finest actors available: Li Gong, Ziyi Zhang, Carina Lau, Maggie Cheung, Takuya Kimura, Chen Chang, and of course Tony Leung. But it is Kar Wai Wong, the writer, director, choreographer, colorist, visionary that makes this excursion into the interstices of the mind/imagination so overwhelmingly satisfying. Whether the viewer elects to view the story as a continuation of the director's previous films, or as reality vs memory, fiction vs imagination, sci-fi excursion, or simply a plethora of vignettes about the challenges of finding love in a world geared toward instant gratification, this is a magnificent achievement. In many ways the sound track could be turned off (though the beautiful musical score by Peer Raben and Shigeru Umebayashi with a lot of help from Maria Callas! would be missed), and the inventive cinematography and visual image manipulations by Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan and Yiu-Fai Lai such as the constant dividing of the screen into triptychs and diptychs would remain some of the most beautiful photographic images on film.

This is not an easy film to follow and it is most assuredly one that will grow in importance with repeated viewings. The comparison with Alain Resnais' 'Last Year at Marienbad' suggests its potency. But free the mind and enter into the world of '2046' for one of the most satisfying cinematic achievements of the recent past. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp

Reviewed by MartinHafer 3 / 10

The Wong Kar-Wai formula is wearing a bit thin....

I am sure that this review will not be appreciated by many of the more devoted fans of the films of Wong Kar-Wai, but I really didn't like this movie. Most of it was because it seemed like the exact same formula of many of his other films all over again, plus it was a bit dull--with characters who seemed rather wooden. Sure, the odd sci-fi aspect was new (though, to me, this plot device did nothing for the film and just went no where). Once again, we have a male protagonist who mixes up sex with intimacy and he will not allow himself to get too close to any woman--making him a lonely and pathetic man. Haven't we seen this already in DAYS OF BEING WILD? And isn't the whole lonely adults looking for love exactly the themes in CHUNGKING EXPRESS and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE? As for me, seeing Chinese men with practically no expressions have one-night-stands again and again is a very dull topic--and the film just seemed regurgitated. Given that the characters were uninteresting, the pacing way too slow and because nothing (I mean NOTHING) actually occurs in the film of any consequence, I strongly urge you to see another film instead.

Had I never seen any of his films before, I might have scored this one a 5 or 6--but with nothing new in this film, I just can't recommend it.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 5 / 10

Boring, Pretentious and Messy Romance

I rented "2046" with a great expectation, based on IMDb User Rating of 7.5. Unfortunately, I found this movie a boring, pretentious and messy romance. The cinematography, art direction, soundtrack and cast are wonderful, but the confused non-linear screenplay is never clear in the development of the character of the journalist and writer Chow Mo Wan. The intriguing storyline of Chow's novel about a mysterious train in the year of 2046 is just a silly trick to catch the attention of audiences. When I read IMDb plot summary, I was expecting a sci-fi when actually the story is a disordered, long and dull romance in the 60's that goes nowhere. My vote is five.

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dithihin April 14, 2020 at 08:46 pm

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Asclepio April 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

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