Gao Chun, a young captain, steers his cargo boat up the Yangtze river. His father has recently died and, according to his beliefs, his son is now responsible for liberating his soul. At the same time, Gao Chun is looking for the love of his life.
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exquisite cinematography and camera work, breathtaking shots of the Yangtze river, some moving + hilarious scenes, and poignant revelations about recent Chinese history. Ultimately though it lapsed into the hollow abstraction/dead end that entraps many inward-looking existentialist flicks. The sentimental music score got tiresome, as did the trope of woman as eternal symbol...in the end I prefer JZK's "Still Life."