The story takes place in a humid small town in Southern China. The director starts the story with an absurd setting: a middle-aged man is facing the critical moment of his life, to “rise” (transform from a commoner to a state free from worries or burdens by exercising rituals), when his son stumbles into trouble. His son falls sick. Challenged by all these mundanities, the man decides to give up “rising” and returns to his normal life.
Directed by Lu Yuanjiong (China)