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January 16, 2005

Yen gave me Takashi Miike's Gozu for Christmas, and we finally sat down to watch it last night. It was quintessential Miike (and therefore delightful), and it made me wonder I wonder: does he have severe maternal issues, or does he just like to make fun of people who do? I honestly can't tell.

But no matter how enjoyable that was, it couldn't help but pale in comparison to the other movie we watched.

It was Wong Kar Wai's 2046, of course. I know I said a few months ago that we were going to be patient and wait until we could watch it on the big screen. But that was before a high quality Hong Kong DVD, with a good transfer and sound mix, was released. With no US distribution in sight, how could we resist?

I think I was prepared for the worst. What I got was hypnotic, heartbreaking, exquistie, aching, beautiful...in short, I was sure this would be the film where his extreme methodology failed him, but from the years' worth of footage he's pulled an absolutely exquisite rumination on memory; particularly, memories of love, requited or otherwise (something I personally think I'm doomed to remain obsessed with).

Suffice to say, it's my new favorite Wong Kar Wai film, and also the first great movie of 2005 (or the last great film of 2004, for everyone who saw it last year).

Posted by David Lowery at January 16, 2005 6:45 PM