The Hole (1998)

  • Revival
  • 1h 29m
  • Taiwan

Set on the eve of the 21st century, Tsai Ming-liang’s fourth feature follows the slow-going, taciturn romance of the director’s muse/alter-ego Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng) and his hapless downstairs neighbor (Yang Kuei-mei), the remaining residents of a rapidly dilapidating apartment building who refuse to evacuate their homes despite a disease-bearing monsoon raging outside their windows. After a plumber leaves Hsiao with a hole in his floor, the film gradually opens up to a love story punctuated with splendorous musical interludes and Tsai’s distinctive strain of poker-faced, prop-ridden slapstick. A Big World Pictures release.

The Hole was shot on Super 16mm and blown up to 35mm for its release. The quality of this version may be below HD standards.


Tsai Ming-liang





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