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Millennium Mambo (Dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)

Date: February 2, 2023

Time: 8:00pm

Location: 2220 Arts + Archives

Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057


New 4K restoration!

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

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