Wong Kar Wai’s loose sequel to In the Mood for Love combines that film’s languorous air of romantic longing with a dizzying time-hopping structure and avant-sci-fi twist. Tony Leung Chiu Wai reprises his role as writer Chow Mo-Wan, whose numerous failed relationships with women who drift in and out of his life (and the one who goes in and out of room 2046, down the hall from his apartment) inspire the delirious futuristic love story he pens. 2046’s dazzling fantasy sequences give Wong and two of his key collaborators—cinematographer Christopher Doyle and editor/costume designer/production designer William Chang Suk Ping—license to let their imaginations run wild, propelling the sumptuous visuals and operatic emotions skyward toward the sublime.

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 2004
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin

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Collector's Set

World of Wong Kar Wai

World of Wong Kar Wai

Blu-ray Box Set

7 Discs


Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Chow Mo-Wan
Gong Li
Su Li-Zhen/Black Spider
Faye Wong
Wang Jing Wen/Android
Takuya Kimura
Ziyi Zhang
Bai Ling
Carina Lau Ka Ling
Chang Chen
Wong Kar Wai
Written by
Wong Kar Wai
Executive producers
Chan Ye Cheng
Ren Zhonglun
Wong Kar Wai
Éric Heumann
Ren Zhonglun
Zhu Yongde
Jacky Pang Yee Wah
Zhou Wu
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle
Kwan Pun Leung
Lai Yiu Fai
Production designer, editor supervisor, and costume designer
William Chang Suk Ping
Music by
Peer Raben
Shigeru Umebayashi


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