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While never-ending rain and a strange disease spread by cockroaches ravage Taiwan, a plumber makes a hole between two apartments and the inhabitants of each form a unique connection, enacted in musical numbers.

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Ming-liang Tsai
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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 Hui-Chin Lin ... A Neighbor
Hsiang-Chu Tong Hsiang-Chu Tong ... The Plumber
Kun-huei Lin Kun-huei Lin ... The Kid
Shiang-chyi Chen ... (voice)
Daphne Han Daphne Han ... (voice)
Bo-Chin Wei Bo-Chin Wei ... (voice)
Jacques Picoux ... (voice)
Chih-yen Yee Chih-yen Yee ... (voice)
Yi-Ching Lu ... (voice) (as Hsiao-Ling Lu)
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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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Country:

Taiwan | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

24 March 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hole See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Yan zhi hu
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Slow & beautiful (one of my favorites)
13 August 2005 | by jessecooperlevySee all my reviews

This film is like a dirge. UNTIL it gets to musical numbers which are like MIND F*CK, but gentler, like a mind caress. MIND FOREPLAY. The depressing vibe given from the speed & desperateness of the characters can be pretty Kill-Yourself-Awesome UNTIL you get to the musical numbers. It's a great film. Optimistic. Weird. Manic-depressive(Bipolar). That's it! THIS MOVIE IS BIPOLAR. anyway see it. IT'S A MUSICAL!!! WITH DEPTH!!!! If you like the existential dross like The Stranger, or Waiting for Godot, Then your probably get a real kick out of this one. I had to get the DVD through Amazon.com for like 12$. OH & the songs rock. well they rock but they aren't rock, there like calypso, jazz, Broadway, but by Grace Chung, & I can't find the soundtrack NOWHERE< but i wanna the songs are great, & the dances are so fun.


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