Focus Film Theories Analysis 2046

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Focus Film Theories Analysis: 2046 1. Cultural Theory: Wong Kar-Wai’s films are very vivid when it comes to time and place (i.e. early 1960s HK). Wai is considered to be one of the major characters of the new wave movement in Asian Cinema. In addition, Wai portrays both the past as well as the future in 2046, yet either period appears to be very bright. In 2046 the characters lead anonymous, alienated lives. As for the future, well, it’s not much brighter; Hong Kong in the year 2046 is replaced with a large railway system that has overtaken the city. Within each of the train cabins is a robotic servant. The passengers are advised to hold onto one another for warmth, yet there is no one aside from the robots. It is a system where lost souls go to recapture past memories and few return. The tagline of the film reads: “live for the future, long for the past.” It is said that Wai’s preoccupation with alienated characters longing for the past is symbolic of the “disappearing” culture of Hong Kong. In regards to alienation/incommunicability, it is trademark of Wai’s films that when two characters are conversing; one of the characters is almost always out of frame as in the case of 2046. In my analysis, nearly all conversations take place off-screen, giving the feeling that at times, the character may very well be talking to themselves. 2. Auteur Theory: Once again, Wai is regarded internationally as a major contributor of the new wave movement in Asian Cinema. His films have been dubbed both avant-garde and experimental. The film 2046 is an original story by Wai. In fact, before coming to directing in the late 1980s, he is said to have written over 60 (credited and un-credited) scripts. As far as style goes, Wai’s trademarks are stamped. Visually and in regards to
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