Reality In Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective

MILLENNIUM MAMBO

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Taiwan, 2001, 1h 45min, 35 mm, In Mandarin with English Subtitles

Reality In Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Showtime

Tue, Sep 18

Vicky (Shu Qi, THE ASSASSIN) finds relief in the bright lights and designer drugs of the Taipei club scene, then returns to the cluttered apartment she shares with her abusive, good-for-nothing boyfriend Hao-hao (Tuan Chun-hao). A hard-edged but sensitive gangster (Jack Kao) holds out the possibility of a more lasting escape, but Vicky must first break free of the inertia confining her. With MILLENNIUM MAMBO, Hou Hsiao-hsien kicks off the 21st century as only he can, delivering a reflective, neon-drenched mood piece that captures the excitement and ennui of contemporary urban life.

35mm print courtesy of the Center for Moving Image Arts, Bard College

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