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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2046_xlg.jpg]] ˛˛''2046'' is a movie by Hong Kong art-house director Creator/WongKarWai. It is the final part of an informal trilogy of films, following ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild'' and ''Film/InTheMoodForLove''. ˛˛Following the events of ''Film/InTheMoodForLove'', Chow Mo-Wan (Creator/TonyLeung) has coped with his unrealised relationship with Su Li-Zhen (Creator/MaggieCheung) by becoming a ladies' man. The film centers on his relationships with three different women: his landlord's daughter, Wang Jing-wen (Faye Wong), a nightclub girl, Bai Ling (Creator/ZhangZiyi), and a gambler coincidentally named Su Li-Zhen (Creator/GongLi). Chow also writes a science fiction serial titled ''2046'', about a train traveling to a time/place called "2046" where passengers can recapture lost love. ˛˛The film was notorious for its TroubledProduction, going through many re-writes and versions, before finally settling to the finished product. The four-year production paid off as it was highly critically acclaimed, and it received twelve nominations at the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards, winning five: Best Actor for Tony Leung, Best Actress for Zhang Ziyi, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Make Up Design, and Best Original Score. ˛˛-------˛!!Contains examples of:˛* AnachronicOrder: The film jumps back and forth among different time frames. ˛* ArcNumber: 2046 appears as the apartment number for Chow's love interests, and is the title of Chow's science-fiction serial. ˛* ArcWelding: Lulu (Carina Lau) is confirmed to be the same Lulu from ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild'', implicitly confirming that Maggie Cheung's and Tony Leung's respective characters from ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild'' and ''Film/InTheMoodForLove'' are, in fact, the same person.˛* BaitAndSwitchComment: Chow after reading Wang Jing-wen's writing:˛-->'''Chow''': I think you should never write another word.\˛'''Wang Jing-wen''': Why not?\˛'''Chow''': You're so good, you could put me out of work. ˛* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Chow resolves to let go of the past and finally move on from his heartbreak of his unfulfilled romance with Su Li-Zhen. However, he breaks Bai Ling's heart in the process.]]˛* {{Callback}}: ˛** Chow removes Lulu's shoes after he helps her to bed, just like York did in ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild''.˛** The room numbers 2046 and 2047 are the same room numbers from ''Film/InTheMoodForLove''.˛** Chow collaborates with another woman to write a newspaper serial. ˛* TheCameo: ˛** Creator/MaggieCheung appears very briefly as Su Li-Zhen in a flashback.˛** Chang Chen appears as a drummer in a club, who's also Lulu's jealous boyfriend. ˛* CharacterDevelopment: Chow went through some development between ''Film/InTheMoodForLove'' and the beginning of this one: he's numbed the pain of losing Su Li-Zhen by becoming a playboy. He spends the rest of the film trying to move on from Su Li-Zhen in a more healthy way. ˛* DarkAndTroubledPast: Chow speculates that the gambler Su Li-Zhen has one, which is why she's so reluctant to tell him anything about her, except for her name. ˛* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Wang Jing-wen's boyfriend is Japanese, which her father strongly disapproves of. Since their family suffered during the Japanese occupation, he has a FreudianExcuse. ˛* DefrostingIceQueen: ˛** Bai Ling is initially cold and aloof towards Chow, but gradually warms up to him. ˛** Subverted in the "2046" serial. Tak hopes the android he's spending time with will undergo this, but it doesn't happen because [[spoiler:he realises she's in love with someone else. This in turn forces Chow to realize that his relationship with Su Li-Zhen was doomed from the start and leads him to resolve to get over her.]]˛* {{Foil}}:˛** Lulu and Chow are both recovering from a failed relationship and engage in self-destructive behavior to fill their respective emotional voids. However, while Lulu is seemingly content to live the rest of her days from one bad relationship to another, Chow resolves to move on with his life.˛** Both the gambler Su Li-Zhen and Chow cling so much to the past that they can't find happiness in the present. However, Su Li-Zhen is ultimately unable to let go, which may prove to be fatal to her, while Chow gets better.˛* HappyEnding: [[spoiler:Wang Jing-wen's story ends with her reunited with her boyfriend some help with Chow. They get engaged, and her father, who had initially forced them to break up, accepts their relationship.]]˛* HotterAndSexier: The previous two movies were relatively chaste in spite of their subject content. This film has no problems in showing sex scenes. ˛* GenreBusting: The film is largely a romantic drama, but it also has a science-fiction segment in Chow's newspaper serial. ˛* GrandFinale: The film ties together the loose threads from ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild'' and ''Film/InTheMoodForLove'' for a satisfying conclusion, and also boasts Wong Kar-wai's biggest cast thus far. ˛* KilledOffScreen: York is confirmed to have died some time after the end of ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild.'' [[spoiler:Also Su Li-Zhen, the gambler, maybe.]]˛* MetafictionalTitle: ''2046'' is the name of the science fiction serial Chow is writing.˛* TheOneThatGotAway: ˛** Su Li-Zhen is this for Chow by the time the film stars. ˛** Over the course of the movie, both Wang Jing-wen and the gambler Su Li-Zhen become this as well.˛** [[spoiler:Chow himself is this to Bai Ling.]]˛* TitleByYear: Is the number of a hotel room and a MetafictionalTitle, well, also referencing an InUniverse story, written by Chow called ''2046'', which is Science Fiction and future-y, presumably numbered for the year.˛* {{Qipao}}: Lulu and Bai Ling wear these. ˛* SanitySlippage: A rather mild case. Wang Jing-wen starts talking to herself shortly after being forced to break up with her boyfriend.˛* {{Sequel}}: To Film/InTheMoodForLove, unbeknownst to some.˛* {{Sexbot}}: The androids in the train to "2046" are equipped for this need. ˛* StaticCharacter: Pointed out in-universe. Chow observes Lulu confronting a woman who's having an affair with her boyfriend, and notes that she's doomed to repeat the same pattern over and over. ˛* StealthSequel: To Film/DaysOfBeingWild due to Lulu's appearance, who was one of that movie's main characters.˛* ThatManIsDead: Lulu has rebranded herself as Mimi. ˛* UnlimitedWardrobe: Similar to Su Li-Zhen, Bai Ling seemingly doesn't repeat Qipaos. ˛* TheUnreveal: We never find out anything about gambler Su Li-Zhen's past or motivations. [[spoiler:We're not even sure if she's alive at the end of the film.]]˛* WriteWhatYouKnow: In-Universe. Chow acknowledges that his experiences informed his writing of "2046". When Wang Jing-wen asks him to write a happy ending [[spoiler:he can't, since he hasn't experienced that happy ending yet.]]˛* WriteWhoYouKnow: In-Universe. Chow bases all of the characters in "2046" and "2047" on the people around him, most prominently Wang Jing-wen her boyfriend. ˛----

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