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Takata is a heartbroken fisherman in Japan. He has been estranged from is son Kenichi for many years. When his daughter-in-law Rie calls to inform him that Kenichi is ill and in the hospital Takata ventures to Tokyo to see him. Takata hopes the trip will give him a chance to reunite with his son. His hopes are quickly dashed when Kenichi refuses to see him.

Rie provides Takata with a videotape so he can have a glimpse of Kenichi's work. The videotape contains a documentary set in the remote village of Lijiang, in the Younnan province. It centers on the Chinese opera, Kenichi's passion. The opera diva, Li Jiamin has promised to sing an important folk opera on the next year. Rie calls to tell Takata that his son has terminal liver cancer. Takata makes it his mission to travel to Lijiang in an effort to complete Kenichi's documentary. He is determined to film Li Jiamin's performance.

| 2005 | 1 hr 49 min | 7.4/10 | 73/100
Ken Takakura, Shinobu Terajima, Kiichi Nakai, Ken Nakamoto
Sony Pictures Classics
Yimou Zhang

Also starring Shinobu Terajima

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