Daughter of the Nile
Only for Film Market of Focus on Asia IFF Fukuoka
- Contry of Production
- Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Official Website
A teenage girl, Hsiao-yang, lives with her family on the outskirt of Taipei City. Her brother, Hsiao-fang, is a criminal who steals for a living. Hsiao-yang falls in love with Ah-san, a friend of her brother’s, whose affair with the mistress of a gang leader puts everyone in danger. The uncertain and transient nature of life bewilders and frustrates Hsiao-yang. Sometimes, she would imagine that the characters and stories in the Japanese manga, Crest of the Royal Family, are vaguely linked with her own realities. A neglected gem in Hou’s filmography, Daughter of the Nile is a neon-lit, contemporary portrait of the urban youth in 1980s Taipei. It intriguingly blends the gangster tale with poetic introspective drama, creating a fascinating precursor to his later Goodbye South, Goodbye (1997) and Millennium Mambo (2001).