2046: Night Train to Future Noir

2046 (Hong Kong 2004)
Entrapment of a  suave gambler turned pulp-novelist by his muses – femmes fatales all…

Director & Writer   Kar Wai Wong
DPs  Christopher Doyle & Pung-Leung Kwan
Original Music  Shigeru Umebayashi

3 thoughts on “2046: Night Train to Future Noir”

  1. I really loved 2046, as I did nearly all the Wong Kar-Wai movies I’ve seen. The melancholy, the rapturous beauty of the images, the nostalgia, the detachment, the existential crises, the parallel existence – they all worked to make 2046 a fascinating viewing experience.

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  2. I too love Wong Kar-wai and this film especially.

    Tony, have you ever read any Haruki Murakami? His modern Japanese/American sensibilities are fantastic in his surrealist dreamlike cyber-punk pulp. He’s quite a talent, and one of my favorite writers writing right now. The ‘pulpiest’ of his (that I’ve read) is ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’, but ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ also has pulp touches, and is considered his masterpiece. Both are fantastic, and would evoke this film as you read them. I think if you’ve never read him you’d really like him.

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  3. Every scene and every set piece in 2046 is exquisitely orchestrated here. The meticulous placement of props, and fluid color coordination help create a ravishing series of paintings that could be posed for showcasing in a museum. The extraordinary actors and actresses evince loneliness, sensuality and sadness, and a plaintive classical score accentuates the profundity of the film’s themes.

    I thought Shubhajit and Jamie made great comments here.

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