Film critic J. Hoberman wrote an article introducing the recent restoration of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Millennium Mambo for the New York Times on December 23. Hoberman’s article includes the following excerpts regarding the film:
“A 4K restoration of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s thrumming, visually bold movie about a self-destructive club girl retains its capital-L look.”
“Sordid yet transcendent, bathed in neon haze and set to a relentless techno-beat, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s ‘Millennium Mambo’ — the tale of a teenage Taipei club girl — is not only the most pop movie the great Taiwanese filmmaker has ever made but, intermittently, among the most astonishingly beautiful.”
“Hou’s first feature since his exquisite period piece ‘Flowers of Shanghai,’ the movie marked his entry into contemporary territory occupied by two of his younger admirers, the filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Wong Kar-wai.” Millennium Mambo premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, and Metrograph is currently re-releasing the 2001 film under a new 4K edition in theaters and at home.
Millennium Mambo is part of Taipei Stories program, which opened on December 23 at the Metrograph Theater in Manhattan.
The full article is available online below:
Millennium Mambo premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. Metrograph Pictures is re-releasing the 2001 film with a new 4K edition in theaters and at home. Millennium Mambo is a part of Taipei Stories program opened Dec. 23 at Metrograph, Manhattan.
New York Times digital version: