Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's sequel to In the Mood for Love, an overrated 2000 melodrama about a chaste love affair between a man and woman whose spouses are having an affair. The far superior 2046 concerns the man from the first film, a sad-eyed and rather heartless womanizer (played again by the wonderful Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who can't fall in love since his own heart was broken. The various women in his life include Ziyi Zhang and Gong Li. All the actors are solid, and the film is stunning to look at; color, composition, and framing play as important a role in storytelling as does dialogue or plot. Seeing the first film is not essential for enjoying -- or understanding -- this one, although it would help to know its basic outline. If In the Mood was about longing and loss, this one is about longing, loss, and memory.
Director: Kar Wong
Writer: Kar Wong
Producer: Eric Heumann, Amedeo Pagani, Marc Sillam and Kar Wong
Cast: Tony Chiu Wai, Gong Li, Takuya Kimura, Faye Wong, Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Chen Chang, Wang Sum, Ping Siu, Maggie Cheung, Thongchai McIntyre and Jie Dong