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Millennium Mambo (2001)

Qianxi mànbo (original title)
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The ethereally beautiful Vicky recalls her romances with Hao Hao and Jack in the neon-lit clubs of Taipei.

Director:

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Writer:

T'ien-wen Chu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Qi Shu ... Vicky
Jack Kao ... Jack
Chun-hao Tuan ... Hao-Hao
Jun Takeuchi Jun Takeuchi ... Jun
Ko Takeuchi Ko Takeuchi ... Ko
Doze Niu ... Doze (as Chen-er Niu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pauline Chan
Yi-Hsuan Chen Yi-Hsuan Chen ... Xuan
Hui-ni Hsu Hui-ni Hsu ... Cat
Rio Peng
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Storyline

Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao. She's young, lovely, and aimless. He's a slacker. Cigarettes and alcohol fuel her nights. We see bits of her life: when Hao-Hao steals his father's Rolex and the police detain them; when she gets a job as a club hostess, where she meets Jack, who becomes her patron and protector; when Hao-Hao comes to the club, insisting on talking to her; when she visits Yubari, Japan, for its film festival in the dead of winter; when Jack must go to Japan to straighten out trouble caused by one of his acolytes. Does Vicky have any expectations? Does time simply pass? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Aisareru isshun ga watashi no subete ni naru [Japan]

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Océan Films (French)

Country:

Taiwan | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

31 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Millennium Mambo See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,427, 9 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,809, 18 January 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mambo means 'conversations with Gods' in Kikango. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version screened at the Cannes International Film Festival ran 119 minutes. Hsiao-Hsien Hou then re-cut the movie following its Cannes premiere and reduced the running time to 105 minutes. Most of the deleted footage came from the "Vicky in Japan" sequences and is included as an extra on most DVD releases. See more »

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Visually stunning opening scene
7 October 2004 | by lucid-12See all my reviews

The opening scene in which Vicky runs in slow motion accompanied by some fine techno music is amazing. This scene haunts me to the present day (and I've seen the film in 2001) and is in my opinion just visually/technically stunning. Also the colours which Hou Hsiao-hsien captures are amazing, eye candy. I've seen the Film at a film festival and liked it a lot. It may seem boring to some people because there seems to be no real given story (with twists and turns to be expected). But the slow development of the story depicts real life and pulls one deeper into the movie.

Also I wanted to note that the film is also known as "chie shi manpo" - millennium mambo.


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