After the nationalist government retreated to Taiwan in 1949, communities of military families were established around the Taichung Airport in Shuinan, which became the area with the highest concentration of military family communities in Taiwan. The airport was shut down in 2004 for redevelopment and tens of thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes of more than 50 years. As a result, the lives and experiences of military family communities in Taichung now only exist in our collective memories.
Hsiang-lan's husband likes to take his wife, who is wheelchair-bound, to the movies ballparks, and coffee shops. They have a pet fighting fish. Afraid that their pet might be lonely, they put a plastic fish in the aquarium to keep their pet company. After the massive earthquake on Sept. 21, 1999, Hsiang-lan and her husband disappeared. Yet many years later, graffiti started to appear in the city of Taichung. It seems that the story of the red fighting fish is still on-going.
Life is not always perfect; there are also those who are ill or have disabilities. Over 40 years ago Dr. Don Nicholls established the Ling Kuang Hospital in Taichung for polio patients and Dr. Chuang Hong-tat created the Maria Social Welfare Foundation to care for children with disabilities. Because of the two good doctors, there is light, love, and hope for these children in this bustling city.
Eighty-year-old painter Jing Song-Ling lives alone in Taichung and has devoted his entire life to the art of Chinese painting. His son used a camera to document and reflect on his father's artistic spirit and living conditions, and at the same time repair their long-alienated father-son relationship. In addition to presenting the unique Chinese brush ink-pouring landscape painting of Jing Song-ling, the documentary also narrates a heart-warming tale of father-son relationship.