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Millennium Mambo

Millennium Mambo

Millennium Mambo

2001 / 119min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN

CAST: SHU QI

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 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.

Screening as a part of Hou Hsiao-Hsien in the 21st Century.