Alifu the Prince/ss



Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 4:45 PM
Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 14, 2018 2:15 PM
Film Info
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Wang Yu-Lin
Producer:Gene Yao
Liu Ji Gang
Wang Yu-Lin
Screenwriter:Wang Yu-Lin
Hsu Hua Chien
Hua Bo Rong
Chen Hui Ling
Cinematographer:Wang Pan Yun
Editor:Hong Dong Ren
Chang Yi Nian
Cast:Utjon Tjakivalid
Zhao Yilan
Wu Pengfeng
Chen Zhusheng
Zheng Renshuo
Print Source:Reel Suspects
Note Writer:Diane de Monx


The struggle between upholding tradition and moving forward in the modern world is beautifully depicted in this heartfelt tale of the only son of an indigenous tribal leader in present day Taiwan. Alifu (newcomer Utjung Tjakivalid, who won a Best New Talent award at the Taipei Film Festival) lives in two worlds: In Taipei, she’s a hairdresser with a chosen family saving up to have sexual reassignment surgery; in rural Taitung, she’s still known as the son of the ailing tribal leader who is unaware of Alifu’s other life and wishes to pass the reigns onto his only son. With high production values and a number of sensational drag performances, Alifu, the Prince/ss intercuts the title character’s story with intersecting tales of romance among her chosen family, painting a diverse portrait of LGBTQ life in Taiwan and capturing the universal feeling of longing for love and connection, whether those feelings are reciprocated or not.

Expected Guest: Director Wang Yu-Lin (All Screenings)

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Additional Information

Wang Yu-lin was born in Taipei in 1964. He graduated from the School of Forestry at National Taiwan University, and studied Film and Video at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He owned Socoly Film Pro. Ltd. Co., where he edited, directed, and produced films. Wang made his feature directing debut with 7 Days in Heaven (2010), which received seven Golden Horse Film Awards nominations, including Best Picture. Wang went on to make Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix (2012) and Alifu the Prince/ss (2017).