2046

Everything that Wong is about culminates in his most conceptually ambitious project to date, 2046. The title refers to a metaphorical place of lost love and bittersweet memories. It may have been my drowsiness at the time, but the film itself felt like a memory; it felt like bathing in a warm, sad dream immersed in soothing strings, operatic vocals, and deep, dark colors; a dream wherein everyone speaks a different language but is never misunderstood; a place I, like our protagonist, might seek if lonely and despondent. Speaking of which, everyone give a round of applause to Tony Leung, the handsomest man in Hong Kong.

I can forgive the somewhat strange sci-fi allegory and the blatant LG advertisement. 2046 is second only to In the Mood for Love in its passion and elegance.

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