Though the film doesn’t show anything explicit the movie still deals with very adult themes which will very likely fly over young children’s heads.
Some sexual tension between a male and female character but nothing is ever shown.
There are some clear references to Whorehouse/Prostitutes.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Like many people, the first interest in the film was to appreciate Maggie Cheung’s graceful walk through the film in various cheongsam. However, halfway through the film, we have to reposition the role of this group of scenes frequently shot by Wong Kar Wai. It is a bright and powerful color, but it is only color. Its existence, like the repressed cello music in the film, is to highlight such a theme: the best years and the worst love.

The environment of the 1960s, the background of the middle class and the situation of petty bourgeoisie style.

Su Lizhen’s job is a secretary. She knows how to enjoy life. She has exquisite makeup, meticulous temples and 26 cheongsam, which have never been repeated in the play. Even when she goes to buy noodles, she will dress up delicately and calmly, take a serious attitude towards life, and even have an almost harsh perfectionist tendency.

Zhou Muyun is an editor of a newspaper. He likes his work and is polite to others. Like Su Lizhen, I like martial arts novels, but I never tried to write by myself before Su Lizhen’s encouragement.

They have their own families, but by chance, they become the next door neighbors.

Here I want to talk about Wong Kar Wai’s interpretation of “absent presence”. The film portrays two people who have never appeared, Su Lizhen’s husband and Zhou Muyun’s wife. Su’s husband often goes abroad to Japan, young and promising; Zhou’s wife works in a hotel and often works night shifts. She is young and beautiful. The film has repeatedly used the scenes of others to convey words to imply to the audience that while Su and Zhou frequently meet, the other two people must be the same, so it is natural for feelings to grow secretly.

When the other two start dating, the other two start waiting. Su Riri wore a delicate cheongsam to buy noodles. He looked tired and lonely. On Sunday, I ate wonton at a small noodle stall, chewed and swallowed slowly, and my eyes were gloomy and lonely. They will pass by in the narrow corridor or corridor, and the dull and depressed Cello Sound will sound without exception, indicating their mood. What we can expect is that there will be a story. What we can’t predict is the ending.

Su Lizhen began to realize something. She heard a familiar sound next door. She didn’t shed tears in her disguise, but she shut herself in the bathroom and cried. Among the four people, someone betrayed first, but she can only bear the truth alone.

By chance, he saw her bag and she saw his tie. He finally asked him to have dinner together. Smoke swirled around, around a long bend, the two talents gradually pointed out their intention: is it just a coincidence? no Originally thought that only one person can carry the matter, suddenly someone shared it together, but this feeling is more or less sad.

As if out of revenge, Su and Zhou began to simulate the initial scene of the betrayer’s infidelity. Who took the first step? They all forgot that it didn’t matter at all. Things have happened. What’s the point of investigating who is the initiator?

They also gradually began to date intentionally or unintentionally, reading newspapers together, writing novels together, revising and discussing together. Occasionally I will study what the other two people are doing, but I always remind myself that we won’t be like them. It’s like an alarm bell, but it only sounds to yourself.

The letter from Zhou’s wife is the final statement. They are an abandoned couple, but she still refuses to admit the reality.

Torture simulation. She imagined him as her husband and began to ask the truth of the betrayal. After his brief explanation and crisp admission, she was caught off guard by anger, followed by confusion and grievance. Her eyes were empty and sad. After a moment of silence, she finally fell on his shoulder and cried out loudly. Not hypothetical, everything is true, but I will be so sad, so unforgettably sad.

They began to try to forget the angry things and get used to the life with each other. However, it was an era when gossip could kill a woman. Su Lizhen is timid. She is serious about life and has strict requirements for perfection. She once thought her marriage was perfect. Therefore, even if she found the truth, she forced a smile in front of others.

When you go home after a date, get off in sections; During the rainstorm, Zhou brought an umbrella from home, but Su refused to walk back with him. She was afraid of those eyes, mixed with questions and ridicule, so she was extremely sensitive to Zhou Muyun’s phone. When his landlord suddenly came home, she hid in his room and dared not make any more noise, even though she and he were just discussing novels. With a few words of warning from Mrs. sun, she could go against the most real feelings in her heart and abandon the reason for meeting Zhou.

However, she is brave. She liked him. Although she was alienated again and again in words, she was emotionally close again and again. In room 2046, she rushed to room 2046, but struggled and hesitated. She turned and left, but stayed. She often waited for him to say more, but he was just silent.

For him, he felt that she should understand his silence and his mind. In fact, she did understand that it was just a woman’s natural insecurity. She needed his firmer words. But he may not understand these.

In such a silent day, they suddenly understood the feelings of the other two people, and even felt that this happened naturally. Some things will be really impossible if you don’t emphasize the impossibility again and again. For example, love often comes unconsciously and quietly.

She loves him, but she won’t admit it. He asked her to cooperate and simulate a final separation. He had to make psychological preparations for himself. Long shot, just a close-up of her hand, spasm and struggle. Her inner struggle is fierce and her emotion has been revealed. Despite her tears, she still couldn’t take that step. Repressed cello music sounded again.

If you had one more ticket, would you come with me. Zhou Muyun said this to Su Lizhen. It’s just a sentence. Before she could reply, he habitually regarded her silence as a refusal.

If you had one more ticket, would you take me with you. She lit a cigarette in room 2046. She wanted the atmosphere of light smoke as if he were still around.

Then, tears came to my face.

He has gone far.

a year. The best years, another year. She called him and she remembered him. Maybe it was her courage, but he wasn’t there. Some words can never be conveyed by outsiders.

Later, he received the call, but she was silent. If he remembers, he should know who is breathing and missing at the other end. Just in silence, he did nothing. So she left and took away the embroidered slippers left in the panic. Start here and end here.

In a flash of time, another four years. For a woman, the best time is only four or five years. Su Lizhen returned to the alley. Mrs. sun was going abroad, so she rented the house she had lived in that year. Asked about the next door, Mrs. sun recalled the scene of getting along well with Mr. Gu’s family, but Su Lizhen couldn’t help looking out of the window and crying. Times have changed, and she still misses Zhou Muyun.

When Zhou Muyun returned home to visit Mr. Gu, it was an old scene and people were no longer the same. When he passed by the next door, he was silent in front of the door for a long time, but he still left. He finally refused to believe that there would be old acquaintances in this door.

He still can’t meet her. Once many people miss it, they can only miss it nonstop. They also failed to escape this law. They are all people in the world of mortals. They are inevitably vulgar.

Cello music sounded, intense and depressing.

This feeling has been fermenting in Zhou Muyun’s heart for four years, and he can no longer afford it. No one can share it. He can only talk to the hole on the stone wall of Angkor Wat, and then seal all the secrets with a handful of soil.

Her life is in the world of mortals and has no intersection with him. This once unforgettable love disappeared into the vast sea of people, leaving only the little song of love, still singing sadly.

He was not brave enough, she was reserved and worried, so she had to go her separate ways. In the best years, we love each other very much, but we can’t be together. No matter how sad and beautiful the story is, it can only be called the worst love.

So, Wong Kar Wai said. It was an embarrassing comparison. She kept her head down in shame and gave him a chance to get close. He didn’t have the courage to approach. She turned around and left. So the story ends.

Those lost years, as if separated by a piece of dusty glass, can be seen and can’t be grasped. He has been thinking of the past. If he could break through the dusty glass, he would go back to the long gone years.

However, even this is just self consolation. No one can reverse time. That era has passed, and everything belonging to that era no longer exists.

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