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    Reader comments on 2046

    Subject: Re: 2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Revie
    Date: Sep 13, 2005
    Sender: Teresa O'ConnorPrevious | Next

    Hum -- OK, that's clearer but I don't think it really explains the mixed languages -- especially if you consider that the initial 'voice over' narration at the opening of the film is in Japanese. Plus, as I mentioned previously, the father/train conductor mixes Mandarin and Japanese (in the same paragraph, so to speak) at the end of the film. Certainly there's something going on about language and, perhaps, something 'pan-Asian.'





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    Response to this comment:
    2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Review

    Yes, the mixture of languages was very confusing and I don't understand Cantonese enough to know whether Leung was always speaking Cantonese or sometimes Mandarin with a pronounced Cantonese accent. But I also do not understand Tanzer's explanation for the mixture of languages that follows his exclaiming, 'I think I figured out why this was happening.' Nor, even if I partially understand Tanzer's explanation, does it 'explain' or acknowledge that, towards the end of the film, the actor who plays the Mandarin speaking father/hotel-owner and the 2046 train conductor mixes his statements (in the same speech) between Mandarin and Japanese.

    Another oddity: in the scene where Leung and Faye Wong are sharing a 'western style' meal, Leung is on the viewer's left, Wong on the right, and they are both using their 'western' soup spoons in their left hands. Perhaps I could have sat through the film again to see if they might both be left-handed but I could not sit through that movie again -- at least not in the same day. (A still from that scene which I saw on-line, reverses the image so that they are both eating with their right hands.) Well, I guess it is a film that gets you looking and listening (for what?)

    T. O'Connor

    Editor's response: My point about the languages was, when the movie was shown in Asia, it probably was dubbed into the local language, so the language actually spoken by the actors was irrelevant. But when shown in the U.S., the movie was subtitled and the voices were left alone, which is weird if you happen to recognize who is speaking what.






    Comment index:

  • 2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Review   from T. O'Connor, Sep 11, 2005
  • » Re: 2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Revie «   from Teresa O'Connor, Sep 13, 2005
  • pan asian perspective   from James D., Feb 12, 2006
  • [no subject]   from anne, Jul 10, 2006
  • 2046   from mui, Jun 28, 2007
  • 2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Review   from T. O'Connor, Sep 11, 2005
  • » Re: 2046 Languages Images re Joshua Tanzer's Revie «   from Teresa O'Connor, Sep 13, 2005
  • pan asian perspective   from James D., Feb 12, 2006
  • [no subject]   from anne, Jul 10, 2006
  • 2046   from mui, Jun 28, 2007