Sunday, July 17, 2005

I watched 2046 yesterday.

The following is a plot summary:

He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention.....to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

It was such an interesting movie to watch. Artistic, abstract, confronting...not the typical hollywood style movie that would suit the main-stream audience. I think this movie brings up lots of issues to do with love. How past unresolved relationships can haunt you for years to come, even if the flamed died a long time ago and you are physically distant from it. It's sad, watching the Japanese boy riding the eternal 2046 train. Everyone wanted to recapture their lost memories, and find their lost love...yet they end up in a limbo-like state, unless they find answers, they cannot release themselves from their self-imposed shackles. The Japanese boy asked the robot he fell in love with, "will you leave with me?" Yet this was always met with sorrowful silence. Perhaps one of the most beautiful and scariest thing in life is love. It comes in so many forms, unrequited love, lost love, new-found love, lustful sensual love...

Everyone has secrets. The Japanese boy said that when people have secrets, they climb a mountain to find a tree, they carve a hole from the tree and whisper the secret into the tree. Then they cover the hole up with mud, so that the secret remains hidden, and no one will hear it. I wonder how many people have secrets in this world because of love...

Music is the universal language, in the film music is at times haunting and wistful, at times piercing and frantic. The movie is so poetic-it's seductive yet heartbreaking, it aches of pain and it touches your soul.

Oh, I also love the fact that they spoke Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese all at once during the movie. The characters being able to understand each other's dialogues even though they are talking to each other in competely different languages. I love it coz I can understand all 3 languages :P and I enjoyed reminding this fact to Neil, hehe!

xiao ying @ 7:34 PM.