In Guizhou Province, China, a child who dies before the age of 14 is called abortion and he cannot enter the family graves or be listed in the family tree. 5-year-old Haiwa, the only son of the protagonist Old Ho, is diagnosed with terminal illness and will die soon. Old Ho wants to burn incense and pray for his son after Haiwa dies. He wants his son to be remembered. Therefore he decides to donate all his son’s organs and engrave his son’s name on the monument. Beyond his expectation, Old Ho finds it is so difficult to donate Haiwa’s organs.
This film is adapted from the real event. I write the script myself. I take the film as a mirror which I express the place where I live, the world I know, the things I see and hear. My film is neither a tear gas nor a stimulant. It is a calm description of life disengaged from the sensory stimulus. This is my original intention of making this film. Some sadness in the film does not mean a necessary cry, but that kind of heaviness will impress you greatly. There is also some hope in the film. It may not release your mind. However, there will always be a slight warmth into your heart.
2019 GKCFF Best Director/Best Actor