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Millennium Mambo2001

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  • 3.8
MILLENNIUM MAMBO is acclaimed Taiwan director Hou Hsiao Hsien's neon-saturated story about female entrapment and all-too-sudden blossoming in an urban setting populated by hedonistic, angst-ridden characters and scored by a throbbing techno thump. Starring the gorgeous Shu Qi.

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4 1/2 A literal and figurative close-up of the impossibly beautiful and expressive Shu Qi as abused and drifting Taipei bargirl Vicki. Gorgeous shallow-depth scenes of blue and green, throbbing discos, wafting cigarette smoke and meticulously coordinated sets capture her vulnerability, alcoholism and despair. Not much story, but the rich, sensual cinematography and Qi’s mesmerizing performance made this enthralling.

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4 1/2 A literal and figurative close-up of the impossibly beautiful and expressive Shu Qi as abused and drifting Taipei bargirl Vicki. Gorgeous shallow-depth scenes of blue and green, throbbing discos, wafting cigarette smoke and meticulously coordinated sets capture her vulnerability, alcoholism and despair. Not much story, but the rich, sensual cinematography and Qi’s mesmerizing performance made this enthralling.

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3 1/2. Shu Qi's exquisite gaze, seen through gauzy veils of cigarette smoke, captivated me through this movie even as it moves very slowly. I had to take a couple breaks while watching but I'm glad that I made it through. Edit: Bumped it up to four stars after it stayed in my mind for weeks. A rewatch is definitely in order - with a drink in hand, this time.

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beautiful film_Shu Qi is beautiful her boyfriend Tuan Chun-hao is a mistake but i love watching her & love the story & the snow

I really wanted to like it because of Shu Qi and that first opening scene. Music was transcendental, but overused in literally all the scenes that I thought it would have it. I mean it's a great song that I would listen to on my own time, but not in repetition to this degree. Overall story was a bit lacking... felt like a cheapy teen angst movie. Something just felt not enough. Too bare. Not enough anger one way or the other that made it a bit boring. I mean you don't have to have massive drama to make things interesting, there just wasn't enough character development to keep me going. And trust, I tried four times just to finish it, and in the end I gave up with 20 mins. to spare... I just literally couldn't.

A thoughtful and heart-breaking character study by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Although this movie did feel a bit "long" (and I'm used to watching longer films) your patience pays off. The deadening nature of the abusive relationship builds into brief and extremely sensitive moments of cathartic beauty. HHH's main protagonist though falling apart, is (in my eyes) inscrutable and indomitable by the films end.

It's a great movie and it looks beautiful as well. He problematic relationship with her boyfriend is a little tiring sometimes, making the movie feel longer than it is. It does pick up on the last third so it's an overall enjoyable experience.

As pretty as it is at times horrifying.