Daughter of the Nile (Ni luo he nu er) (1987)

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One glance at the 1989 Daughter of the Nile will convince the viewer that this is not the cheapjack 1969 American TV movie of the same name. Instead, this is a compelling Taiwanese drama about a wistful schoolgirl (Yang Lin) who is peripherally involved in a teen-aged crime ring. She escapes from the harshness of her surrounding reality by reading her favorite comic book, Daughter of the Nile. Despite its inherent whimsical nature, the film is a straight-on look at urban decay in modern Taiwan. Daughter of the Nile was originally released as Nilouhe Nuer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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It's a quintessential modern family tragedy we walk into like uninvited and invisible guests.

Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…

The film, a gorgeous exploration of life on the margins of Taipei society, doesn't have much in the way of a propulsive plot, but it makes up for that with rich atmosphere and characters that feel so real, you'll swear you just saw them walk by.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Daughter of the Nile represents something special: the kind of modestly crafted masterpiece a director makes just before he comes into recognition of his own stature.

Nov 3, 2017 | Full Review…

[Hou Hsia-hsein's] observation of the fading, if garish, Taipei of the 1980s through the eyes of an as-yet-unformed young woman who has suffered tragedy and expects to suffer more endows the film with special poignancy.

Nov 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Its inscrutability is essential to its power as narrative and its beauty as cinema.

Oct 25, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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