Region Coding: Region 3 (Locked) Director: Luo Limei Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo) Languages: Mandarin Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese Running Time: - minutes (TBA) CNEX (2010) Production: Distributor: Deltamac (HK) Release Date: 31 July 2014 Sam and his parents have been living in Shenzhen for 20 years now. Sam has worked in the film industry for 3 years now. He wants to become the next Zhang Yimou. Sam’s parents just want Sam to find a good job and to stay close to home. At home, Sam is close to his mom and is distant from his dad. Synopsis: Right now, Sam feels that his life is not going well. His career is unsuccessful, his home life is not a source of comfort, and even his girlfriend betrays him. Full of hurt, and in the name of better opportunities, Sam, like many before him who migrated north, leaves for Beijing. Sam believes that Beijing has stories to tell and better lives to lead. What Sam does not anticipate is the hardship that comes with a big city. Instantly, and without his parents’ shielding, Sam’s shyness and weakness are magnified. Lacking the ability to maneuver complicated social circles, he is marginalized by his peers in the film industry. For the first time, Sam experiences profound loneliness and immense pressures from city life. For the first time, Sam sees the widening gap between dream and reality. Even in relationships Sam cannot escape the tragedy of getting dumped.Life is made up of many things, but Sam cannot figure out what he needs. Confused, Sam feels that his goal is actually a fragile pipedream. Like a bird that loses its ability to fly, Sam flails helplessly. A heart full of defeat Sam vacations at a place called Luku Lake. Sam feels a sense of freedom that hasn’t been felt for some time. The blue sky, the turquoise lake, the lush valley, people’s smiles, warm air, a child’s innocence…this is what Sam wants. At Luku Lake Sam is able to reflect and think about everything he has and everyone around him, including his parents. But no matter how blue the sky, it can never replace the darkness that hovers over Sam’s life, because the realities of Sam’s everyday life beckons him. When everyone around him basks in happiness, he walks alone, unable engage. The hotel owner Jesse tells Sam, to be a man means to dream big and act big. Sam is incapable of that. A vacation is a respite from the daily grind but ultimately, Sam returns to what he knows and to his family. He starts to speak to the father whom he hasn’t spoken to in 20 years, and he goes back to work and to singing karaoke.