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TRCH The Da Vinci Code


13 February 05 words: Josie Opal
A writer of erotic stories uses his surroundings, experiences and vivid imagination to tell his tales


From the acclaimed director and writer of "In the Mood for Love" (Kar Wai Wong) comes 2046. This combination of sci-fi, fantasy and romance is a very confusing tragic story. 

A writer of erotic stories uses his surroundings, experiences and vivid imagination to tell his tales. The main one the audience is let into is called 2047 and is about a train with androids set in the future which he uses as a metaphor for his experience of love so far...

His experience of love so far can be summed up in the line "love is all about timing, its no good meeting the right person too soon or too late".  With haunting classical music and some rather eccentric camera angles this film has a distinctive arty edge to it. Don't be put off by this though. The story shows the difficulties people face trying to find love and the way they deal with love passing them by something most of us should be able to relate to.

As expected nowadays with any Chinese film that makes it over to British cinemas Zhang Ziyi stars. However, 2046 really allows her to show off her talents of 'real' acting, rather than just her traditional high kicking impressing fight scenes in such films as Hero and Crouching Tiger. Although it has to be said in House of Flying Daggers her true talents were beginning to shine through, in 2046 I doubt anyone will be able to find fault with her superb portrayal of the young struggling Bai Ling. Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who co-starred with Zhang Ziyi in Hero, is Mr Chow the sex driven writer.

See 2046 for an extremely quirky romance set in Hong Kong in the 60's with some futuristic imagination scenes. However, it's best go see this one when you are wide awake to be able to follow it!!



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