2046 | Dir. Wong Kar-Wai | 2004 | 129 min
Presented in Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin with English subtitles
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai rushed his film 2046 to the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, but it was unfinished and failed to impress audiences. A year has passed, and NPR's Bob Mondello says that Wong Kar-Wai used the time wisely.
Wong has developed a reputation as a visual stylist in his art house hits In the Mood for Love and Days of Being Wild. Now using Technicolor for the first time, the director runs riot with color and texture in 2046. And with a cast that includes Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung and Faye Wong he has also cast some of the most beautiful people alive today.
The result is a sumptuous time-teasing story, as long-time Wong collaborator Leung plays a writer who is fixated on a once-in-a-lifetime love affair — even as he flirts and has affairs with a string of women. - NPR
Awards (with 34 Wins and 74 Nominations, see the whole list here)
2004 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated (Palme d'Or | Kar-Wai Wong)
2005 HONG KONG FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS - Won (Film of Merit), Won (HKFCS Award, Best Actor | Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Best Actress | Ziyi Zhang), Nominated (HKFCS Award, Best Film, Best Screenplay | Kar-Wai Wong)
2005 NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS - Won (NYFCC Award, Best Cinematographer | Christopher Doyle, Yiu-Fai Lai, Pung-Leung Kwan, Best Foreign Language Film | China/France/Germany/Hong Kong)
2004 TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2004 - Won (Jury Prize, Best Actor | Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), Won (Special Jury Prize | Christopher Doyle (director of photography)), Nominated (Grand Prize | Kar-Wai Wong )
2046 is the second selection in our MASTERS: WONG KAR-WAI series.