The Hole

The Hole

Synopsis

"The final days of the year 1999 prove to be a bleak and chaotic time in Taipei. A widespread virus, 'Taiwan Fever', has crippled the city, reducing its victims into exhibiting unusual, cockroach-like behaviour. Quarantined areas have been established, and the uninfected residents are repeatedly encouraged through news broadcasts to evacuate into government arranged temporary housing until the spread of the virus can be controlled. But some defiant residents refuse to abandon their homes, and as a last resort, the government has threatened to cut off the water supply and garbage collection to these quarantined areas on January 1, 2000. A young man (Lee Kang-sheng) and his downstairs neighbour (Yang Kuei-Mei) have decided to remain in their dilapidated tenements and ride out the figurative (and literal) storm. One day, a plumber knocks on the young man's door, looking for the source of a leak in the apartment below. The man leaves his apartment to open his small grocery store and feed an abandoned cat in the desolate town market, only to return home and find that the plumber has left a gaping hole through the concrete slab floor into the woman's downstairs apartment. Initially, the intrusive young man sees the hole as a convenient mechanism for observing his unsuspecting neighbour: mopping the floors from the water leak, stockpiling toilet paper in a spare room, eating instant noodle soup. However, as the isolation of their oppressive environment continues to erode their psyche, the hole becomes their only source for human contact - their last, desperate means of connection." – Strictly Film School

Technical Specs

Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Year: 1998
Country: Taiwan | France
Language: Mandarin
Duration: 95 min
Colour: Colour
Alternate Title: Dong