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The Hole (1998)

Dong (original title)
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

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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Storyline

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

The Woman Downstairs: Are you the tenant of apartment number 804? I'm your downstairs neighbor. The plumber will come and fix the hole this afternoon. Will you be home then?
The Man Upstairs: Maybe.
The Woman Downstairs: You have to. Or else it'll never get fixed.
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Connections

References Rififi (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Da pen ti
Performed by Grace Chang
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A downbeat study of urban isolation and the search for love.
26 April 2000 | by Dave-854See all my reviews

This Taiwanese film interleaves two worlds: the external and prosaic existence of its two central characters, a man and a woman who inhabit a bleak urban landscape of decaying apartment buildings; and their internal thoughts and feelings which take the cinematic form of Hollywood-style song-and-dance numbers. A hole which is created in the ceiling between two apartments becomes a means for communication between the apartments' solitary occupants - conventional methods of contact are available, but are not utilised, for reasons never fully explained. The action unfolds with an almost unbearable slowness, reflecting the characters' lack of any sense of purpose or direction. In spite of (perhaps because of) this, it remains a rewarding and, at times, amusing tale, which is worth looking out for.


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