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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.


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)


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

Super Reviewer


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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