2046 / In The Mood For Love (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] 
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Lost two hours of my life, that I'm never going to get back.Published 3 months ago by robert a barry
It somehow doesn’t surprise me that top Hong Kong-Chinese film-maker Wong Kar-Wei has seemingly struggled for inspiration since this 2004 consummate piece of cinema. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Keith M
No Spoilers. Sequel to ‘In The Mood For Love’, 1st off very misleading trailer. All that amazing looking Sci-fi stuff is only on the screen for 5mins. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr Blonde