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Millenium Mambo (2001)Millenium Mambo (2001)

Millenium Mambo (2001)

A tale about Taipei, along with its ups and downs

Drama, Romance

9.0

movie

France, Taiwan

English, Japanese, Mandarin

Mind-blowing

2001

Hou Hsiao-hsien, Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Chun-hao Tuan, Doze Niu Cheng-Tse, Duan Chun-hao

101 min

Synopsis

The beautiful Vicky drifts through her empty life in the neon-lit Taipei, maintaining a pointless relationship with her loser DJ boyfriend, Hao-Hao, and an unsatisfying career as a nightclub hostess. As her romance becomes increasingly strained, she decides to take up with Jack, a caring but criminally connected businessman. But this new relationship can't change Vicky's aimless nature, and her future remains as doubtful as ever.

Our Take

9.0
Oppie A

The atmosphere in Millennium Mambo is magical. The opening scene alone will leave you enchanted, with long walks through a tunnel-like space and dreamy techno music playing in the background. We are misled into thinking that this will be a movie full of colors and dance, and to some degree, this is true, as it portrays Taipei and its neon colors of green, pink, and blue, featuring dance sequences in a bar that serves flashy drinks. But as the movie develops, a chilling shadow is cast as we become entangled in a brutal relationship that is as full of cruelty as it is of love and lust. Narrated from the future, the story shows how the present-day protagonist, Vicky, grapples with her identity as she looks back upon her past self from ten years ago.

Chaotic, messy, but also peppered with moments of serenity and shot with flawless camerawork and cinematography, Millennium Mambo makes time feel fluid, and serves as a reminder that no matter how rough the journey may be, everything is always okay in the end.

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