Taiwan, 1998, 89 min, Dir. Tsai Ming-liang, Not Rated, Mandarin with English subtitles, Big World Pictures
"The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since Singin’ in the Rain." —Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"A broodingly apocalyptic and thoroughly original view." —Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle
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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 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. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes.
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