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The Hole (1998)
"Dong" (original title)

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Cast overview:
Kuei-Mei Yang ...
The Woman Downstairs
Kang-sheng Lee ...
The Man Upstairs
Tien Miao ...
A Shopper
Hui-Chin Lin ...
A Neighbor
Hsiang-Chu Tong ...
The Plumber
Lin Kun-huei ...
The Kid
Jacques Picoux ...
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A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate, but some tenants of an apartment building stay put, including a shop owner who lives by himself. One day, a plumber goes to the shop owner's apartment to check the pipes. The plumber drills a small hole in the floor, which comes down through the ceiling of another apartment. The hole never gets repaired, and this leads to some tension between the shop owner and the woman who lives below him. Written by Patrick Lin

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A search for intimacy in a world of disaster.

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Wo ai ka li su
Performed by Grace Chang
Originally from the film Kong zhong xiao jie (1959)
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touch to the heart
5 May 2005 | by (China) – See all my reviews

This is the movie I really like very much ,which was seen recently.Maybe,the tempo is a litter slow,and no dazing edit.But this film has its own flavor,tasting special and a litter bitter.Main scenes are just two apartment,downstairs and upstairs.But thanks to the hole,which makes this film so wonderful.It connects the whole space and characters' activities.I think this is very smart and intelligent plot design.so many things,which later happened to the man upstairs and the woman downstairs,are the sensible surprises given by the hole!

Disease,which is called Taiwan fever something, is spreading in this district.Government orders all the residents live in that district to move out and to other places the sooner the better.So some people who do not want to move out live a shady and restricted life like rats.They are limited in their narrow spaces.Even in this case,but for there is a hole leaking water,two neighbors will not say a single word to each other.And even in this case,the communications between the man and the woman are merely about leaking water.Tsai ming-Lang utilizes a litter hole to break out the limitation of space and stimulate two people's relation.But he has no idea to make two people dispel the strangeness feeling hidden in the button of the heart.

In modern society,not only are there walls that are used for buildings not easily being flying over,but also there are obstacles existing in people's hearts preventing them helping and communicating with each other.


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