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2046 / In The Mood For Love (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]

3.8 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Li Gong, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Ziyi Zhang
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008JII2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double-bill of films directed by Wong Kar-Wai. 'In the Mood for Love' (2000) is set in Hong Kong, in 1962. Mrs Chan (Maggie Cheung) and her husband rent a room in the same building as Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and his wife. After a while, and with their partners seemingly always away on business, Mr Chow and Mrs Chan become friends, their hesitant, considerate relationship making their nights alone more bearable. But why do their spouses spend so much time away? And why is it always at the same time? '2046' (2004) is a sci-fi romance, following a struggling pulp fiction writer, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), who so caught up in the Kubrick-style sci-fi novel he is writing that fantasy and reality start to merge. Meanwhile, Chow indulges his passion with a series of beautiful women including Bai (Zhang Ziyi) and Wang (Faye Wong) in the seedy hotel room where he is staying - but he can't get his real love, Su Lizhen (Gong Li) out of his mind.

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2046 is a masterful period piece and profoundly moving meditation on unrequited love, loss and desire. Its narrative is complex and rambling, its effect verbose and grandiose. But its combination of emotional impact and sumptuous visual artistry lift it into lofty cinematic heights.
The central character from 'in the mood for love' is reprised as a deeply jaded modern Casanova in 1960's Hong kong. Love is intricately bound to loss for him and his Hong Kong exploits serve to inflict this view upon his amorous conquests. The period detail and nuance of character and acting are exceptional. The same themes from 'in the mood for love' are blown up onto a radically large, disjointed canvas encompassing mirror narratives and a science fiction future. Is some of the effectiveness of the earlier work lost in the process? Maybe so but the artistic imagination and emotional evocation of themes make up for this.
2046 is used to stand for that which is desired and simultaneously unattainable. A date too far in the future for the characters to live to. Through the main character Tony Leung's writing of a short story 2047 and a future narrative set on a bullet train the idea that love is already lost is repeatedly evoked. This supremely jaded view of life and love is brought out in all the central character's doings.'I,m already missing you' black spider tells him in Singapore. Fictional episodes penned by Tony Leung blend with the main narrative to constantly stir up this tragic outlook. The viewer is left haunted and spellbound by the sumptuous visual realization of the lives of the characters in Hong Kong, and by the bravado and imagination of the science fiction story within a story.
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This is an amazing film, that gets better with each repeated viewing. "2046" is a hotel room number, which for the hero, Chow, encapsulates his lost love, as it unfolded in the prequel to this movie, "In the Mood for Love." Here, "2046" also becomes a year to which one can travel by a time-machine type of train, a year in which it is believed people can recapture their lost memories. The film consists of the hero, who has loved and lost, going through a series of encounters with women, who in their turn have loved and lost. Throughout his series of experiences with women, he is in fact only looking for his lost love, Su Lizhen, but he can never refind her.
This is a rough, simplified plot synopsis, but the movie is much more complex than this, and it requires repeated viewings to enhance understanding. The repeated viewings are extremely rewarding, as this film is one of those art objects from which the viewer can draw new insights with each reexperiencing of it.
The cinematography is beautiful, and the musical score is absolutely superb and moving, underscoring the emotions felt by the characters. The music is designed to enhance our experience of each scene and to intensify emotion. Granted, the film is not an easy one to follow. Personally, I felt confused at times, especially on a first viewing. But at such moments you can just let yourself go with the emotion carried through image and sound.
"2046" rewards us with a beautiful and talented cast. I really enjoyed watching all the actresses that paraded on screen, among them Zhang Ziyi, of "Hero" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," Gong Li, Carina Lau, Faye Wong and Maggie Cheung, all of them giving superb performances.
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I am not sure that I can reach the intellectual heights of some the previous reviews - however, I found it an intensely moving film. Wonderful acting all around - but in particular, Tony Leung (as always), Zhang Ziyi and Faye Wong really hold the heart of the film. You do not need to have seen the previous film to enjoy this, but it will deepen your understanding - the repeated imagery from In the Mood for Love (a hand on a balustrade, a figure against a wall, cavities for telling secrets into) was one of the key pleasures of the film for me. The film looks wonderful - both the parts set in the 60s and the futuristic segments - and will reward multiple viewings. Put simply, one of my favourite films of the last few years.
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2046 is perhaps Wong Kar-Wai's ultimate statement as a filmmaker... an epic, multi-layered masterpiece that acts as a sort of culmination of various themes, ideas, characters and motifs developed as far back as 1991 with his second feature, Days Of Being Wild. It also acts as a direct sequel to his last film, the sombre and restrained period piece, In The Mood For Love, with its continuation of the character, Mr. Chow, and his metamorphosis from polite, married journalist, to swinging playboy and creator of a series of steamy novellas set within the fictional world of 2046... a self-reflexive commentary on the themes and ideas established in the previous film, as well as a revaluation of the characters and scenarios that will appear in this film as well.
Like a lot of his work, the film is a rumination on time and memory, and a comment on how those factors can both soothe and enrage the ghosts of past heartache. It's also a comment on the writing process in general, with the character of Mr. Chow writing the story of 2046 - and it's follow up, 2047 - whilst simultaneously commenting on his own character, the women around him and the film it's self. There's certainly an air of Fellini about the project in this respect, with the film really coming down to a series of episodic love-affairs that only end up relating back to that ephemeral relationship between Chow and Su Li-zhen in the earlier film, with the allusions to La Dolce Vita, Casanova and The City of Women all bubbling away under the various other references and possible interpretations woven so meticulously into the story and the images.
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