2046

Original Title: 2046
Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
Written by: Wong Kar-wai
Cinematography: Christopher Doyle, Kwan Pun-leung, Lai Yiu-fai
Music by: Shigeru Umebayashi
Country: Hong Kong
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Duration: 129 min
Release Dates: 20 May 2004 (Cannes), 29 Sept. 2004 (Hong Kong)
Filming Dates: November 2001 – March 2003
Filming Locations: China (Shanghai, Macau), Thailand

Synopsis:
He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention…..to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

Cast

Tony Leung
Chow Mo-wan

Zhang Ziyi
Bai Ling

Gong Li
Su Li-zhen

Faye Wong
Wang Jing-wen

Takuya Kimura
Tak
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Making-of

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Bonus

• It is a loose sequel to the 1991 Hong Kong film Days of Being Wild and the 2000 Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love.
• While 2046 was being filmed, a photographer from Sudden Weekly, a Hong Kong tabloid, bribed his way onto the set. After his pictures of the interior of the Oriental Hotel were published, ‘Wong Kar Wai’ ordered the set to be rebuilt. The photographer was subsequently sentenced to three months’ jail for corruption.
• The title of the film refers to the last year before the 50-year period the Chinese Government promised to let Hong Kong remain as it is. Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997.
• The print for Cannes arrived three hours before the delayed premier, escorted by police. It is the first film in Cannes’ history to arrive so late that re-schedulings were necessary.
• It took four years to complete the film. During that time, production was shut down during the SARS epidemic in March 2003.
• Originally conceived as a story of a hit man in Bangkok (hence the casting of Thai actor Bird Thongchai McIntyre). The hit man was to be played by Japanese superstar Takuya Kimura, and the events to be played out in a hotel in room 2046.
• In one of the original versions, Tony Leung was to play a futuristic postman.
• The camera points to the left side of Faye Wong’s face when she cries. She has problems crying with her right eye, so Wong Kar-Wai shot her crying scenes on the left side of her face. However, there is one scene where the camera films the right side of her face purposely.
• In one of the original versions, Tony Leung was to play a futuristic postman.
• The director declined the invitation to screen the film in the New York Film Festival.
• Was supposed to be the closing film of the Edinburgh Film Festival.
• Each character speaks their own languages. Mr. Chow speaks Cantonese, Bai Ling speaks Mandarin, and Tak speaks Japanese even when talking to each other. Even so, they seem to understand each other perfectly. —IMDb

Awards and Nominations

11th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Best Actress (2005)

24th Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Actress (2005)

IndieWIRE Foreign Film Critics’ Awards
Best Supporting Actress (2005)

10th Love HK Film Awards
Best Actress (2005)

Nominations: 41st Golden Horse Film Festival, 5th China Film Media Awards, IndieWIRE Foreign Film Critics’ Awards (3rd), 71st New York Film Critics Society Awards (3rd), 12th Chlotrudis Awards (Supporting), 3rd International Cinephile Society Awards (Supporting, 2nd), 4th International Online Cinema Awards (Supporting), 40th National Society of Film Critics Awards (Supporting, 2nd), Village Voice Awards (Supporting, 2nd)

Ceremony Category Recipient Result
2004 Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Wong Kar Wai Nominated
2004 Valladolid Film Festival Golden Spike Wong Kar Wai Nominated
FIPRESCI Prize Wong Kar Wai Won
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won
2004 Golden Horse Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Best Actor Tony Leung Nominated
Best Actres Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Nominated
Best Art Direction William Chang Won
Best Makeup and Costume Design William Chang Nominated
Best Original Score Shigeru Umebayashi Won
Best Sound Effects Du Che-Tu Nominated
2004 European Film Awards Screen International Award Wong Kar Wai Won
2005 David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film Wong Kar Wai Nominated
2005 Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Film Wong Kar Wai Won
2005 Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Foreign Film Nominated
2005 Directors Guild of Great Britain Best Foreign Director Wong Kar Wai Nominated
2005 Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Wong Kar Wai Nominated
Best Screenplay Wong Kar Wai Nominated
Best Actor Tony Leung Won
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won
2005 Bangkok Film Festival World Achievement Award Wong Kar Wai Won
2005 Chinese Media Film Awards Best Actor Tony Leung Nominated
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Actress Faye Wong Nominated
2005 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Best Actor Tony Leung Won
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
Special Award Yuen Wo Ping Won
Film of Merit Won
2005 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Wong Kar Wai Nominated
Best Screenplay Wong Kar Wai Nominated
Best Actor Tony Leung Won
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Won
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won
Best Art Direction William Chang Won
Best Editing William Chang Nominated
Best Makeup & Costume Design William Chang Won
Best Original Score Christopher Doyle Won
Best Sound Effects Du Che-Tu Nominated
Best Visual Effects Guillaume Raffi Nominated
2005 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Wong Kar Wai Won (2nd)
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won (2nd)
Best Production Design William Chang Won
2005 Mainichi Film Concours Best Foreign Film Wong Kar Wai Won
2005 National Board of Review Top Foreign Films Won
2005 New York Film Critics Circle Best Foreign Film Won
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Won (3rd)
Best Cinematographer Christopher Doyle Won
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Foreign Film Nominated
Oustanding Cinematography Christopher Doyle Nominated
2006 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Foreign Film Won (2nd)
Best Film Won (3rd)
Best Director Wong Kar Wai Won (2nd)
Best Supporting Actress Zhang Ziyi Won (2nd)
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Won
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Nominated
2006 Chicago Film Critics Awards Best Foreign Film Nominated
2006 Online Film Critics Awards Best Foreign Film Nominated
Best Cinematography Christopher Doyle Nominated
2006 Robert Festival Best Non-American Film Wong Kar Wai Nominated
2006 Chlotrudis Awards Best Movie Nominated
Best Director Wong Kar Wai Nominated
Best Actress Zhang Ziyi Nominated
Best Visual Design Won
2006 Golden Trailer Awards Best Foreign Dramatic Trailer Grossmyth Company Nominated
2006 Argentinean Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Wong Kar Wai Nominated
2007 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Best Foreign Film Nominated