2046 ★★★★★

In the first line 2046 is a time, in the next it's a place. But the meaning doesn't change. When it's a time, it's one of pure memory, where people don't return from, because people are not who they were before: Chow Mo-wan is not his Japanese protagonist any more than Mimi is Lulu. When it's a place, 2046 has flimsy, thin walls, because memory is a function of the present, and never far away. 2046 is the future, but the android lives in the past, caught in the phantom embraces she's only just experiencing. Chow pulls the Knave of Hearts, learning the deck is rigged, and never knowing for certain if he's lost the game or the hand.

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