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Millennium Mambo

February 2, 2023

Millennium Mambo

(Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)

New 4K restoration!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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A  stylish and seductive submersion into the techno-scored neon nightlife  of Taipei, Hou Hsiao-hsien'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.

Astonishingly beautiful... The movie has a capital-L look, and the 4K restoration does it justice.

- J. Hoberman, The New York Times

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

- Dennis Lim, The Village Voice

If Millennium Mambo is the only chance to see Hou Hsaio-hsien's work at a movie theater, you'd better take it.

- Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

Like Tsai Ming-liang’s What Time Is It There?, Millennium Mambo is a ghost story, but what has died is more than a single soul—history, memory, a sense of being and belonging.

- James Quandt, Artforum

Millennium Mambo is a time capsule of these tender years, at once ghost story, souvenir  and SOS signal. Like delayed rays of light from a dying star, the film  is a transmission from a time that no longer exists.

- Ross McDonnell, Little White Lies

(Available to download after screening date)

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