Connection in an Age of Contagion

In his 1998 film ‘The Hole,’ Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang offers an eerily prescient picture of our social isolation and need for human connection in an age of pandemics.

Two decades ago, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang made a grimly accurate portrait of our current quarantine dread.

In his 1998 film The Hole, Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, has become a desolate, disease-ridden place from which most residents have already evacuated.

But a few hold out in their modest apartments, defying government orders and dumping garbage out of their windows, to avoid contracting a fearsome “Taiwan virus” that causes victims to fear sunlight and crawl on all fours like cockroaches.

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