Qianxi manbo   2001   Taiwan Millennium Mambo
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Director:Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Studio:Palm Pictures / Umvd
Writer:T'ien-wen Chu
IMDb Rating:6.8 (1,875 votes)
Awards:6 wins & 4 nominations
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:119 min
Hsiao-Hsien Hou  ...  (Director)
T'ien-wen Chu  ...  (Writer)
Qi Shu  ...  Vicky
Jack Kao  ...  Jack
Chun-hao Tuan  ...  Hao-Hao
Yi-Hsuan Chen  ...  Xuan
Jun Takeuchi  ...  Jun
Doze Niu  ...  Doze
Hui-ni Xu  ...  
Yoshihiro Hanno  ...  Composer
Giong Lim  ...  Composer
Ping Bin Lee  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: I can only imagine that at some point Hsiao-Hsien Hou found himself with a mad crush on Shu Qi and decided to make a film for her, or of her ... or to her ... or something. People can quibble all day long on whether Hou's anti-cinema springs from genius or pretention, but a film like this ought to be able to escape such discussion because it's really nothing more than a love poem to, or of, or for ... or something ... a beautiful actress. This is a Shu Qi vehicle from top to bottom and the film rests on her shoulders, in her hair, on her lips, in her eyes, on her hips, and everywhere else about her über-photogenic self. Marry that to the fact that one of the best cinematographers in the business, Mark "Ping Bing" Lee is shooting this film and you're going to end up with gorgeous. Add a contemporary throbbing techno soundtrack and you get a hypnotic, slow, empty, and depressing film that's pretty close to cool.

I happen to think Shu Qi is a fine and very intelligent actress. I also like slow, empty, and depressing arthouse films if the characters appeal to me so everything works out as far as I'm concerned. If you don't like Shu Qi you probably won't like this film. There's no real plot to speak of and only a thin story about a woman who likes to hang out in nightclubs, smokes a LOT, does drugs and has crummy sex with her loser boyfriend, meets a gangster, loses a gangster ... fade to black. Awesome.


Summary: A neon-saturated story about female entrapment in an urban setting populated by hedonistic, angst-ridden characters. Vicky, engrossed by the narcissistic lifestyle of nightclubs and Ecstasy pills is torn between two men: her neurotic and jealous live-in boyfriend she resolves to break-up with as soon as she can drain $500K from their bank account and an enterprising gangster whose presence becomes both a source of trouble and a beacon of salvation

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