Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Will 2046 be released in 2046?

It's Cannes season. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 got a 15-minute standing ovation yesterday, giving a wake-up call to the Bush Administration. I can't wait to see it. What about the quarrel between Quentin Tarantino and Tilda Swinton about Hollywood's star system?

But the spotlight is undoubtedly on Wong Kar Wai (wkw)'s 2046, a film that he spent 4-5 years making it that film lovers jokingly predict that it will be released in year 2046. Not funny. For those who love Wong's work, you may already pick up his BMW short film The Follow and his previous film In The Mood For Love on DVD. I once wrote a mood piece on the latter film focusing on the concept of "romantic constraints," something I romanticize but no longer find pragmatic.

With 2046, the cast is to die for, besides Wong's regulars Tony Leung (see pic above, tremendously resembling Tom Hanks in Ladykillers), Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Chang Chen, Faye Wong, there are also first-timers including Kimura Takuya, Zhang Ziyi, & Gong Li. No one knows what the film is about; all I know is that it's a futuristic sci-fi film with characters we are familiar with from old wkw films. But we can expect 2046 will be mysterious, stylish, moody, and grand. You'll never know what you're gonna get, even after seeing it. That's the magic of wkw films.

2046 will premier in Cannes in two days. Let's see if it'll win Golden Palm.

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