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Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic quarantine story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s. Re-released for this current moment by Big World Pictures, the apocalyptic absurdity of this work is sure to resonate.

  • Year
    1998
  • Runtime
    89 min
  • Language
    Mandarin with English subtitles
  • Country
    Taiwan
  • Premiere
    Cannes
  • Director
    Tsai Ming-liang
  • Screenwriter
    Yang Ping-Ying, Tsai Ming-liang
  • Producer
    Peggy Chiao
  • Cast
    Yang Kuei-mei, Lee Kang-sheng, Tien Miao, Hsiang-Chu Tong
  • Cinematographer
    Liao Pen-jung
  • Editor
    Ju-kuan Hsiao
  • Music
    Grace Chang