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How  Wong Kar Wai Employs Space
to Depict Time in the Film ‘2046’

The presentation of an artificial space in cinematography has been explored, in relation to the overall moral and existential questions expressed by the filmmakers. The case of the film ‘2046’ (Hong Kong 2004) by Wong Kar Wai has been analysed to highlight this relation. In this film there are scenes depicting both the “present” and an imaginary “future”. For this purpose this film has been categorized as science fiction. However, the strong emphasis on the romantic aspects and the longing for the true love, in which the main characters are involved, remind more of a film noir structure, or as a critic suggested it could be termed an avant-noir.

Typically for Wong Kar Wai, he is more concerned with the lyric quality of the image, often at the expense of the comprehensibility of the plot. The spectator is rewarded however with a series of powerfully beautiful visual scenes. Despite the minimal settings throughout the film it has been argued that depicted architectural space has been a major tool constituting the director’s effort and that therefore architecture plays an integral role in the overall effect of the movie.

‘Visions of the Future: How Wong Kar Wai Employs Space to Depict Time in the Film ‘2046’’

 London, 2008