The Hole (1998 film)
|Directed by||Tsai Ming-liang|
|Produced by||Cheng Su-ming
|Written by||Tsai Ming-liang
|Music by||Grace Chang|
|Distributed by||Fox Lorber|
69 minutes (Taiwan)
A strange disease hits Taiwan just before the turn of the new millennium. Despite evacuation orders, tenants of a rundown apartment building stay put, including shop owner Hsiao-Kang (Kang-sheng Lee).
One day, a plumber arrives at Hsiao-Kang's apartment to check the pipes. He drills a small hole into the floor, which comes down through the ceiling of the woman downstairs (Kuei-Mei Yang).
The hole never gets repaired, and this leads to some tension between the two residents.
- Yang Kuei-Mei - the woman downstairs
- Lee Kang-sheng - the man upstairs
- Miao Tien - the customer at market
- Tong Hsiang-Chu - the plumber
- Lin Hui-Chin - a neighbor
- Lin Kun-huei - the kid
The film was made for the 2000, Seen By... project, initiated by the French company Hout et Court to produce films depicting the approaching turn of the millennium seen from the perspectives of 10 different countries.
The Hole was entered into the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. It was nominated for the Golden Palm award and won the FIPRESCI Prize (competition) "for its daring combination of realism and apocalyptic vision, desperation and joy, austerity and glamour." It also won three Silver Screen Awards at the Singapore International Film Festival - for best Asian feature film, best Asian director, and best Asian actress.
- "The Hole," Haut et Court, URL accessed 15 August 2016.
- Yoram Allon, Del Cullen, Hannah Patterson, Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide, Wallflower Press, 2002, p. 367.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Hole". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- Rotten Tomatoes: The Hole