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The Hole (Dong) (The Last Dance)

The Hole (Dong) (The Last Dance) (1998)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1998 Wide



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At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, this Taiwanese-French drama won a FIPRESCI Award, given by international critics. Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang previously won top awards for his 1994 Vive l'amour (at Venice) and 1996 The River (at Berlin). High strangeness is evident in the tale, originally initiated as part of the French TV series of one-hour end-of-millennium dramas. As an epidemic spreads through Taipei, virus victims display odd symptoms. A man (Lee Kang-sheng) who runs a food store

Nov 7, 2000

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I tend to think it's good, if you can appreciate what it sets out to be. My problem is that it's representative of a type of filmmaking I can't appreciate and don't enjoy.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An illuminating, musical embrace for the ages.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A minimal story that is too thin for a feature film.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The humor and ennui that Tsai's vision of dystopia evokes is both unique and compelling.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

If you enjoy movies that provoke 'what if?' debates afterwards in the theatre lobby, you'll dig The Hole.

October 28, 2001
Jam! Movies

Cheerfully postulates the end of the world as an invitingly loony escapade.

July 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Hole (Dong) (The Last Dance)

like my favorite depression era cinema: bleak as all hell, with musical numbers!!
May 4, 2013
Stella Dallas

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Directed by Tsai Ming-liang, "The Hole" reminds me of a story a friend told me about how in California people who would normally keep to themselves would work together to repair a wall after an earthquake, so they never had to speak to each other again. In this movie, there is an epidemic that causes people to act like cockroaches. Most of the population has been evacuated to quarantine camps but a few hardy souls stay behind. One of them(Yang Kuei-Mei) has her beauty treatment interrupted by dust from a hole in the ceiling that was not there before. Strangely enough, this does not lead to an increased amount of interaction with her upstairs neighbor(Lee Kang-sheng) who runs a store. Full of millenial angst, "The Hole" works in contrast to the director's "The Wayward Cloud" where there is a persistant drought. Here, it never stops raining and the infrastructure is collapsing. So, the musical numbers are a necessary place for the characters to escape into.
April 28, 2010
Walter M.

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