Discussing Vietnamese Representation with the Cast of ‘Daughter’

The new thriller Daughter is hitting theaters and VOD. The film is the feature directorial debut of Corey Deshon, and is a tense slow burn, following in the footsteps of first time features like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. And we were very lucky to speak with the cast of this smart and suspenseful psychological thriller!

Daughter revolves around a Vietnamese woman (Vivien Ngô) who is kidnapped by a paranoid White man (Casper Van Dien) and coerced into joining a surrogate family of other Vietnamese captives, including another woman who she has to call “Mother” (Elyse Dinh) and a young boy she needs to call “Brother” (Ian Alexander). Together the captives have to find the strength to survive, ban together, and outwit their captor, known only as “Father” in order to escape.

As we know, thrillers predominantly starring and revolving around POC characters are rare. And from a representation standpoint, Daughter is incredibly meaningful in that it features a primarily Vietnamese cast, but also uses the culture and language to develop the characters and the narrative quite beautifully, without being heavy handed, and avoiding any tropes. It represents the beauty of what happens when creators collaborate — with stars Ngô, Dinh, and Alexander openly having input in the direction and script for the film, alongside mastermind Deshon.

We were lucky enough to speak to them about their roles and about Vietnamese representation as a whole in the industry. Take a look at our interview here:

Daughter is now playing in select cities, and is available to watch on digital VOD now!

You definitely don’t want to sleep on this one! It’s terrific!