Millennium Mambo

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Release Year: 2022
Running time: 105
Country: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
$23.96 - Classroom Rights
MSRP: $29.95
$349.00 - With PPR
$499.00 - With DSL
$499.00 - With DSL and PPR
MSRP: $599.00
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Directed by: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Cast: Shu Qi, Jack Kao

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.


“Sordid yet transcendent, bathed in neon haze and set to a relentless techno-beat, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “Millennium Mambo” is not only the most pop movie the great Taiwanese filmmaker has ever made but among the most astonishingly beautiful.”

- J. Hoberman, New York Times 

"A work of uncommon emotional density."

- G. Allen Johnson, S.F. Chronicle

“A slow burn of profound sadness salved by some of Hou's most breath-catchingly beautiful passages to date.”

- Dennis Lim, Village Voice

“Dreamy, hypnotic and ethereal… a lavish, gorgeous film”


- Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

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