Millennium Mambo (Qianxi Manbo)
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The youthful Vicky is torn between two men, Hao-Hao and Jack. At night she works as a PR person at a night club to support both of them. Hao-Hao keeps vigilance over her all the time, whether she is on or off the job. He checks her charge accounts, telephone bills, mobile phone records, and even her body odor in an attempt to trace Vicky's activities. She cannot stand him any longer; she runs away. Hao-Hao finds her, begging her to go home. She sets herself a deadline to end the relationship -- when the $500,000 in her bank account is used up. At the same time, Jack makes diversified… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A work of uncommon emotional density."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Recalls the unease that crept over the world's youth back at the turn of the last century."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"We get far too few opportunities in the U.S. to see Hou's gorgeous films on the big screen. If this one comes to your town, don't pass it up."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Not a great film, but it makes the best of its shallow narrative and concludes with an emotionally lyrical payoff."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A precise versification ruled by the unbearable beauty of youth at its terminus and decisions for a lifetime made at the trembling moment of crisis."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"There is artistry and a fabulous ambiguity coursing through Hou's meditative film."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The combination of the thick sensuality of Mark Lee Ping-bing's cinematography and the gradual fascination that Hou's measured rhythms exert keep you watching."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"A disappointing follow-up to the sublime Flowers of Shanghai and minor work in the oeuvre of one of the world's best filmmakers. Even so, this rambling story of a young woman (new star Shu Qi) torn between two loves is visually impressive."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A movie with long patches of interpretive quiet, Millennium Mambo is often pretty to look at, but needs a little more to say."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Magical in any millennium."
‑ , E! Online
"A ravishing bauble about la dolce vita in Taiwan."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"Amazing film."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Even a minor Hou effort is brimming with poignant artistry."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"It's not only a masterpiece, but also Hou's most accessible film to date."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Looks and feels like one big, long commercial."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
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