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Hauntingly surreal and refreshingly original, The Hole finds love and horror in the humdrum rhythm of quarantine life. Read critic reviews

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A man (Kang-sheng Lee) and a woman (Kuei-Mei Yang) live in quarantine from a virus whose victims display strange symptoms.

Cast & Crew

Kuei-Mei Yang
The Woman Downstairs
Kang-sheng Lee
The Man Upstairs
Tien Miao
A Shopper
Hui-Chin Lin
A Neighbor
Tsai Ming-liang
Screenwriter
Yang Ping-ying
Screenwriter
Cheng Su-ming
Executive Producer
Pierre Chevalier
Executive Producer
Chiu Shun-ching
Executive Producer
Pen-jung Liao
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Critic Reviews for The Hole

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Audience Reviews for The Hole

  • Feb 26, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2015
    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 K Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
    like my favorite depression era cinema: bleak as all hell, with musical numbers!!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    How much does real life differ from this piece of minimalistic anarchy? Ever wondered why does the virus already involve the lowest behaviors any human could display (lowering its status to a cockroach)? "We are already living in an apocalypse", Ming-liang argues throughout with this spectacular oddity, "and we are already living as such". I'm not quoting him directly but trust me, it's much more fun to try to decipher what a director tells to us by our own rather than consulting the web or exclusive interviews. Kill some neurons! 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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