A bankrupt Taiwanese man loses everything incl. girlfriend. He still has a key to his luxury condo, where he grows and smokes marijuana. He spends time with a woman on suicide hotline and a lingerie clad woman selling cigarettes etc.
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.
Don't try to explain to a friend what this movie is about, because it's not only about a woman running around and some other characters doing other things.
Try to explain him the way it made you feel. Try to explain him the subtle relations between characters and actions, even between characters of this and other films such as those of Tsai Ming Liang's (remember the grandpa and the little boy in "Goodbye, Dragon Inn"?), and you'll realize how difficult it is.
Now try to explain him the way you felt when your last girlfriend left you, when your dad died or you failed to make your daughter happy...
This is a fine film. Watch it. Feel it.
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