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Millennium Mambo

Opens on March 14

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien Run Time: 119 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2001 Language: Chinese

Starring: Chun-hao Tuan, Jack Kao, Shu Qi

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A stylish and seductive submersion into the techno-scored neon nightlife of Taipei, Hou’s much-misunderstood marvel stars Shu Qi (THE ASSASSIN) as an aimless bar hostess drifting away from her blowhard boyfriend and towards Jack Kao’s suave, sensitive gangster. Structured as a flashback to the then-present of 2001 from the then-future of 2011, it’s a transfixing trance-out of a movie, drenched in club lights, ecstatic endorphin-rush exhilaration, and a nagging undercurrent of ennui. – KinoLorber

“Sordid yet transcendent, bathed in neon haze and set to a relentless techno-beat, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s ‘Millennium Mambo’ — the tale of a teenage Taipei club girl — is not only the most pop movie the great Taiwanese filmmaker has ever made but, intermittently, among the most astonishingly beautiful.” – J. Hoberman, New York Times

In English, Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles


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