2046 - en filmanalyse

Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen, Eva Hurtigkarl, Patrick Kristensen & Tobias Hjertmann Laursen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the year of 1997, Hong Kong was reunited, according to the agreement of “The Joint Declaration”, with the rest of China after more than 150 years of colonial rule. This history has influenced the state of mind of most citizens in the area, why the national identity has never been quite as strong as in most of the modern world. This has influenced many filmmakers, of which one of the most praised in the international world of film is Wong Kar-wai. This has inspired us to study in which way Wong reflects on society of Hong Kong in his films. Some of the most explicit comments Wong has made on this subject, is in 2046, which has been referred to as a collective conclusion on all his film to date. This study is a comprehensive analysis of the film 2046, made on the basis of an exposition on relevant elements of Hong Kong history and culture, which hopefully gives a foundation for understanding a film from and about a foreign culture. In the analysis we focus not only on the film’s reflection on Hong Kong, but also on a study of the basic existential conditions of the individual human being, as it is portrayed in 2046. This is done in the light of an essential thematic element in the films of Wong Kar-wai: time, as in past, present and future. This is demonstrated in an attempt to show how 2046 is imbued with nostalgia, not only to a long gone past but also to the very present and even the future. 2046 is in the film a futuristic place one can go to recollect lost memories and nothing ever changes. One simply lives in nostalgia. This is the case for the main characters of the film, in the future and the present of 2046. Their approach to every relationship and every place they enter is always already gone. This is in our analysis the existential condition of the individual, which causes it to drift and wander without any goal in the future or any foundation in a solid past. This is revealed by a transience of every relation figured in the present. Not only are these characteristics conditions for the human life according to the film 2046, it is also the conditions for society of Hong Kong: a place parted by Chinese traditions and Western modernity, with an unknown future ahead. The uncertainty of what would happen after the handover is only postponed by “The Joint Declaration”, which states that the previous capitalist system and the way of life should remain unchanged for 50 years from the handover in 1997. Throughout the film, this is referred to by the lack of the characters' personal development and also very explicitly through several details of the film

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato15 dec. 2010
VejledereMichael Kjeldsen