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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. 5 out of 5.

Peter Frost-Olsen & Rigmor Kappel Schmidt

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

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DVD Comparison:

Guang Dong Video - Region 0 - PAL vs. Mei-Ah Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

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(Guang Dong Video - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Mei-Ah Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Guang Dong Video

Region 0 - PAL

Mei-Ah Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:11:37 (4% PAL speedup) 2:09:17
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
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

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

Bitrate:

 

Guang Dong Video

 

Bitrate:

 

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

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

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 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: 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

 

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Comments The first release of this film on DVD was the Guang Dong version and it is a complete disaster. The main fault is a very intrusive logo "Face" logo (the company that released the film) that appears on the screen every 5 minutes in the upper left corner. Check the capture right under the menu captures. It is very distracting and nearly destroys the viewing experience. The DVD is also not anamorphic, apparently suffers from frame shifts ghosting, washed out colors, low contrast... needless to say, it's one to avoid. However, it does win in the sound category as it has a DTS track.

The Mei-Ah release is an improvement. It's anamorphic and has a much sharper image. It seems very dark, but that seems to be the way the film was originally created. The colors and skin tones are more natural. There also seems to be some ghosting, as shown in captures #1 and #7. It's very minor though, so it shouldn't detract too much from the viewing experience. Both releases seem to be cropped; The Guang Dong is missing a lot of information on the right and left sides, whereas the Mei-Ah seems to be missing some information on the bottom. I can't explain the difference in run times... all of the reviews I've come across online list a 129 minute runtime, so perhaps the Guang Dong DVD is an extended version. As for the sound, retailers listed a DTS track in the pre-order specifications but it's not there. The version I've reviewed is the single disc version. There are two other releases; a 2-disc SE and a 3-disc with the film's soundtrack. I am guessing the transfer is the same in all 3 releases. Mei-Ah's SE has lots of extras and apparently english subtitles on those extras as well, but I can't confirm that. The extras on the Guang Dong release don't have any english subs. Overall, the Mei-Ah release is by far the best option at the moment. It's also not overly expensive. I am sure though, that this isn't the definitive release and there will be a better one down the road.

 - Warren Murphy

It is not the same version of 2046 on the two releases: The Mei Ah contains several expanded scenes and with other scenes are slightly changed. 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.

The Chinese release is dubbed - the Mei Ah is not.

The sound is better on the Mei Ah. It can be heard on the low evocative background sounds.

Though the Mei Ah release is the better of the two, there are artifacts, esp. banding (for example in the red train scenes). The animated menus make use of vertical stretched images (I don't like that) and I have the feeling that the film is slightly stretched too - relative to the Chinese release.

There is one strange thing with the disc I don't understand. Perhaps you have an explanation. The film starts with a Fox Entertainment Logo and trailer!


Peter Frost-Olsen

"Yes, there does seem to be artifacts in the DVD, which I neglected to mention in the review. I also found them noticeable during the black and white scenes, there seemed to be some pixilation going on.

As for the 20th Century Fox logo, I am pretty sure that they distributed the film in most of the Asian countries, so that may account for its inclusion in the opening credits"

- Warren Murphy

 

 

 





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Distribution

Guang Dong Video

Region 0 - PAL

Mei-Ah Entertainment
Region 0 - NTSC

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