High school teacher Yu Mao-Hsiung is making his return back to the town where he grew up, having spent the last few years in Taipei. But this is not your average Taiwanese small town. No, it’s populated by migrant farmers, demoted officials, failed businessmen, deployed army men. No one is local, everyone is looking for a new chance.
High school students facing their futures, a bullied middle schooler, an exhausted teacher retreating from the city, a pair of hardworking, intelligent sisters, a photographer in search of meaning, a sergeant facing the twilight of his years, a doctor, a shepherd, a journalist… They all appear to be getting on with their quiet lives, but underneath the surface, they each carry the scars of thwarted expectation.
As if flipping through a photo album, their stories flow on from each other, creating a rich and moving picture of small town life. These are not people with big and dramatic things to tell, but collectively, they remind us of the beauty in the everyday.