A stylish and seductive submersion into the techno-scored neon nightlife of Taipei, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 2001 marvel Millennium Mambo 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.
Presented by the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia
The Taiwan Film Festival is an annual film festival that provides a professional showcase for Taiwanese and Asian Australian filmmakers to promote their works in Australia. The event provides local Taiwan residents with the opportunity to enjoy artistic works from their home heritage and culture, and creates an artistic platform to expose and promote Taiwanese and Asian Australian cultures to people from other cultural groups.
- Year: 2001
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Cast: Shi Qi
- Duration: 107 minutes
- Language: Mandarin with English subtitles