Representation of Space/Place in Tsai Ming Liang's The Hole
Here, through a case study of The Hole (1997), the most famous movie of Tsai Ming Liang, for whom spatiality is the biggest obsession, I aim to understand how theories of urban design can be used to analyze a movie. This paper argues that for Tsai, place is defined as an event, personal or political, rather than a fixed social or ontological concept and openness, and “change” defined the place instead of boundedness and permanence. Furthermore, this paper argues that Tsai creates a utopian cinema that is based entirely on the characterization of the place and marks the Hole as a cinematography report on space. In this regard, a utopian movie like The Hole can function as an educational tool that acts to spark a debate amongst citizens and essentially cause them to think critically about their relation to the world.
Key words: Space; Place; Tsai Ming Liang; The Hole; Urban studies
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