Family drama directed by Yimou Zhang. Takada (Ken Takakura), an ageing Japanese fisherman, has been estranged from his son for many years - but when the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer, his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. When his son refuses to see him, Rie (Shinobu Terajima) gives him a videotape about the work his son was doing on a documentary film in a remote region of China's Yunnan province. Still troubled by the relationship, Takada decides to complete his son's work - in part to develop an understanding of his son, and in part to do something for him. Once in China, a series of obstacles and relationships bring him unexpectedly closer to an understanding both of himself and of his son.