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Millennium Mambo Review


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What's a girl to do? Nothing seems to be going right for the young and beautiful Vicky (Qi Shu) as she makes her way around noisy and chaotic Taipei looking for ways to get her life heading in the right direction. Hsaio-Shien Hou's Millennium Mambo is a grim and ultimately unrewarding slice of Vicky's life that slowly -- very slowly -- tries to move from point A to point B but never really arrives.

Vicky's biggest problem: her no-good boyfriend Hao-Hao (Chun-Hao Tuan). Unemployed, strung out on drinks, drugs, and an endless supply of cigarettes (this may be the ultimate smoker's movie), Hao-Hao spends most of his time in the couple's tiny apartment practicing to be a DJ and working himself up into jealous rages. When Vicky arrives home after a night on the town with the girls, he smells her neck and then goes through her handbag looking for receipts and phone cards that might implicate her in some kind of deception. A female narrator tells us that Vicky leaves Hao-Hao all the time, but she always comes back "as if hypnotized."

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