2046 - Vivid and Alive

Alliance Atlantis
Duration: 129min
Category: Sci Fi
Available: On DVD
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2046 is the sort-of sequel to In the Mood for Love. However where In the Mood is measuredly restrained, 2046 is unabashedly bold.

Wong Kar Wai, considered one of the foremost directors of the moment, has returned to his lovelorn Chow, who in In the Mood was too proper and reserved to successfully pursue his object of affection and is now transformed in to a 60s Hong Kong Don Juan. Chow has returned from Singapore a jaded, broken sort of a man who hides his pain in women, wine and writing.

He is in the process of writing a science fiction story about the year (or place?) 2046 where everything stays the same. He is searching for something lost, and hopes to find it in his writing. The affairs are to dull the pain of the loss.

The pain of that loss is vibrantly eloquent in 2046. This is the story of a man self-destructing through his relationships. The pace is slow and isnít for those who want their motivations spoon fed to them. Instead the viewer must let the film wash over them and engulf them.

To truly appreciate 2046 you must loose yourself in the moments and emotions of the film. This film is a series of emotions experienced through a rich visual template that once embraced trigger the intended sensations. 2046 is wonderfully wrenching and amazingly draining.

As in In the Mood, Wong Kar Wai is fascinated with his characters environments. His focus is on the spaces they inhabit and how those spaces constrain, liberate or enclose the individuals in them. Like Meirelles (City of God) or his own countryman Zhang (House of Flying Daggers), the directorís eye focuses on finding the opulence and beauty in each scene while managing to tell the story in a manner which doesnít spell things out for you as much as it lays them out for you own experience.

2046 is one of the richest experiences I have had in the cinema all year. As with the best of sequels it takes our protagonists into new places, reminiscent of where they come from without repeating or recycling ideas. As with Before Sunset, I am satisfied with the continuation and eager for the next visit into these characters lives. I hope this isnít the last we see of Chow or his love Su Li-zhen Chan.

Review By: Collin Smith

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