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The Hole (Dong)2020

The Hole (Dong) (2020)

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Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s.

Cast

Kang-sheng Lee
as The Man Upstairs
Kuei-Mei Yang
as The Woman Downstairs
Tien Miao
as A Shopper
Hsiang-Chu Tong
as The Plumber

Critic Reviews for The Hole (Dong)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2)

It's a fascinating combination of reality and the fantastical notion of the ways in which we cope.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The feelings that "The Hole" awakens will be recognizable to anyone, even if no one else could possibly have made it.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Tsai's Kafakaesque existential nightmare turns quarantine into a uniquely harrowing love story, its digressions into abstraction in turn terrifying and rapturous.

September 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

With its flashes of humor and music, The Hole is a disturbingly timely depiction of humanity in crisis as well as a reminder that there are always places to find light if you squint hard enough through the gloom.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The Hole is a near-perfect summation of that approach, making something both plaintive and flamboyant out of an odd, small concept that requires little beyond his two favorite actors.

September 14, 2020 | Full Review…

A story of lonely hearts in quarantine, longing for love amid the day-to-day drudgery of life during lockdown.

September 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hole (Dong)

½

The musical numbers don't always fit organically within the story, but Tsai's bleak idea of a post-apocalyptic Taiwan under constant rain and in maximum literal isolation is a powerful one as he pictures modern disconnected people turning into cockroaches in the middle of garbage.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

An epidemic hits Taiwan, people who suffered from the disease become cockroach like in terms of their behaviour. A plumber created a hole in a man's apartment and the man and his neighbour began to suffer from the delusions and hallucinations of the effect of the disease. The hole represented the depression in a socially planned urban environment, everyone fills it with different methods. The hole is also a musical that juxtaposed the depression with cheerful tunes.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

like my favorite depression era cinema: bleak as all hell, with musical numbers!!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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