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Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:95 minutes
Director:Tsai Ming-liang
Year Released:1998
Production Country:Taiwan


Winner: FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes Film Festival); Golden Hugo (Chicago International Film Festival)

"Proves to be an eerily prophetic and timely movie, perhaps better now than it ever was." —San Francisco Examiner

"As it turns out, what might be the best film about how it feels to be alive right now was already made 22 years ago - a deadpan musical about seeking a friend for the end of the world, following two characters who seldom speak but fall for one another through a hole in the ceiling. I love this movie." —WBUR Boston

"The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since Singin' in the Rain." —Village Voice

Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic 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 struck 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.

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