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Daughter of the Nile

Ni luo he nyu er / 尼羅河的女兒

1987, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan, 93 min. With Lin Yang, Jack Kao.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 10th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 11th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 15th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Nov 16th 8:15pm
New digital restoration!

"Now perfectly restored, it’s a quintessential modern family tragedy...It’s hard to imagine a more necessary screening experience this fall."--Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

"Moving and memorable...DAUGHTER OF THE NILE has an emotional heft and impact lacking in even Hou's best films." — Shlomo Schwartzberg, Critics at Large

A neglected and long hard-to-see film by the Taiwanese master, DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, with its shift to urban settings and a female protagonist, marks a key turning point in Hou's career. Bidding for a wider audience, Hou cast pop star Lin Yang in the lead and made one of his most accessible, emotionally direct films, although its elliptical, reflective storytelling is still far from conventional. The story centers on 19-year-old Hsiao-yang (Yang), who works days in a KFC, attends night school, and becomes involved in the Taipei underworld through her gangster brother Hsiao-fang (Kao) and his reckless buddy Ah-Sang, whom she has a crush on. Neon lights, fireworks, pop songs, and manga comic books add flavor to this portrait of anomic urban youth, whose gorgeous, layered compositions are rendered in an excellent 4K restoration. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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