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China - France - Germany - Hong Kong 2004

 

"2046" is a melancholic and sad history of love and memory, of the time that passes; of the desire to recover time past, to recover lost love. A writer seduces women and eventually abandons them when they ask for his love. The women are at first offended and hurt, but reacting with pride. Nevertheless they continue to live in an all-embracing wish to get him and his love back. At later occasions the women try to avoid the memories, not wanting the memories, but him. For his part, the memories are all that are left to him in his solitary existence, where he avoids the enduring relationship with one woman.

When leaving Bai Ling for the last time after she asked him to stay, he takes her hand and says: “… there is one thing, I never lend to anyone”. He turns around and leaves her. He is like the "bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life... that's when it dies.", a history that appears again and again in the films of WKW.

2046 is an imaginary place and time. It is the number of the hotel room, where he and Su Li-zhen met in “In the Mood for Love”, now transformed into an imaginary place of a memory of lost love. When he once more in "2046" comes across a hotel room with the same number he wants to move in, but is given the room number 2047.

From the room number 2047 he begins to write the story of the future, an imaginary world of the year 2046 where all the memories are found in a never-changing state. He leaves for 2046, not as himself, but in the body of a Japanese. What he finds is a never-changing world of androids. 2046 is also the year when Hong Kong will be returned to China, perhaps converting the metropolis into a never-changing, imaginary place in the memory of the Hongkongese part of the population.

But the film is not science fiction. It revolves around the present moment, showing how it is in a continuous flux, turning present moments into time past. In the mind, the lost love, represented by gestures, feelings, persons and movements, are not bound to the past, but can reappear in the future. When the protagonist writes the story of 2046, persons from his life tend to reappear in the futuristic world. This imaginary world does not comprise the everyday linear time, but is rather a reservoir, from which the present, ever passing moments can materialize.

The circular movement between the present and the non-present is not only a matter of 2046, but is valid for the films of WKW as such. The movie "2046" circles in time and space, back and forth between the former “worlds” of WKW’s earlier movies, mostly “Days of Being Wild”, “Fallen Angels” and “In the Mood for Love”. Words and gestures are repeated, places and persons reappear, stories are retold – yet a little different. So the world is moving in circles, but the circles are spiraling – always the same, yet a little different.

WKW is famous for finishing his unfinished movies. "2046" is a very accomplished unfinished movie.

"2046" is a very impressive and beautiful movie, photographed by cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with entrancing, sometimes hypnotic, music. The time of the present and the memories are very darkly photographed with large, shadowy frames and glowing colors. Contrary to this, the travel of 2046 is bright with strong vibrant colors. out of

Peter Frost-Olsen & Rigmor Kappel Schmidt

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Theatrical Release: May 20, 2004 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Guang Dong Video - Region 0 - PAL vs. 20th Century Fox (Limited Edition) - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Mei-Ah Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Peter Frost-Olsen and Runar Ursin Reed and Warren Murphy for the Screen Caps!

(Guang Dong Video - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. 20th Century Fox (Limited Edition) - Region 3 - NTSC - MIDDLE vs. Mei-Ah Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Guang Dong Video

Region 0 - PAL

20th Century Fox
Region 3 - NTSC
Mei-Ah Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:11:37 (4% PAL speedup) 2:08:52 2:09:17
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.16 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2:35.1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.16 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Guang Dong Video

 

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20th Century Fox (Limited Edition)

 

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Mei-Ah Entertainment

 

Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround / Dolby AC-3 or DTS Digital Surround

Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Subtitles Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English. The translation of the Japanese speak to Chinese is burned-in. Korean, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), English English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Guang Dong Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• The Making of 2046, 36:23 min, burned in Chinese subs only.
• Stills gallery (9 stills)
• The Making of Kekexili, 23:19 min
• Trailer: Tian Xia Wu Zei (A World Without Thieves), 1:30 min

DVD Release Date: October 8, 2004
Keep Case inside open-ended slipcase box

Chapters 8
 

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• 3-disc set, numbered and limited to 2046 copies
• disc 1:
• feature
• trailer
• disc 2:
• Making of (with subtitles) 35:43 min
• Trailers
• ZiYi footage
• 6 lovers
• Photo Gallery
• Theme Music
• Disc 3: OST
• +Postcard and Senitype
 

DVD Release Date: 22.03.2005
Keep Case

Chapters

Release Information:
Studio: Mei-Ah Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2:35.1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer
• Databank (Synopsis, Cast & Crew Listing)

 

DVD Release Date: December 10, 2004
Clear Amaray case with Cardboard slip-cover

Chapters 11

 

 

 

 

Comments

Well the 20th Century Fox edition bares the same color scheme as the Mei Ah and is the sharpest the the three editions. It also sports the most extras. I would wait for the Tartan edition coming out soon HERE. There is a highly lauded French Edition out HERE, but I believe it does not have English subtitles, if you require them.

NOTE (Thanks Peter Frost-Olsen) : The Mei Ah/Fox contain several expanded scenes and with other scenes are slightly changed from the Guang Dong. I have a timetable of the major differences. The subtitles are not identical (in a several cases I got a better understanding of something "unsaid" on the Mei Ah), much more easy to read because they are displayed in longer time, and an important poem is translated to English, which it wasn't in the Chinese release.
 

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