In 1949, the Communists take over mainland. The refugees and the military arrive in the Keelung Harbor in Taiwan. A father holds secret meetings with other generals in attempt to recover the lost land, his kids still play games with their grandma who enjoys the harmony in hardship.
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Not "rigorous" like his more famous colleagues (this rigor that so often over time becomes merely an affectation that reveals fatigue and lack of ideas), Wang Tung was the kinder, gentler of the Taiwanese directors who started in the eighties. This is another of his sad comedies, a rambling episodic nearly three-hour thing following the declining fortunes of a family from the mainland. A delight.