Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
A sordid life in an ignoble city is the theme of this drama by Taiwanese director Wen Jen. After a young man's sister has been missing in Taipei for over a year, he decides to do something about it and heads to the capital with the intent of finding her. Since he has no clue about where to begin, his naive investigation leads him to a series of nightclubs, massage parlors, and similar fringe locales. He makes friends with a street-smart hustler who feels protective toward this hayseed from the countryside.