The story kicks off with Siao living with a loving mother and, as the plot progresses, she soon finds out that she was left unattended on the streets during wartime and picked up by her mother. She is later sold by her father to a street performer (played by Wang Yin) and becomes determined to look for her birth parents.
Partly shot in snowy Hokkaido, the interpretation of the oft-adapted tale by director Bu Wancang emphasised the orphan girl's strong will to survive her hardships.
Siao, at just 11 years old, managed to hold her own as the girl and the result made her a household name. A scene with Siao, a monkey, a dog and Wang became one of the most sentimental parts of the film. Also featuring outstanding performances by Chen Yan-yan and Butterfly Wu, "Nobody's Child" was one of the most popular films of its time. (HK press release)