By Yaping FENG


Drama - Completed 2012

The kindhearted and unyielding Sala is an elementary school teacher who grew up on the grasslands, is deeply passionate about life and her career, and has an undying faith and love for her husband...

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yaping FENG
    • Writer(s)
    • Chunlei LIU, Junsheng FENG
    • Producer(s)
    • Ren MU (Inner Mongolia Film Group Co., Ltd)
    • Synopsis
    • The kindhearted and unyielding Sala is an elementary school teacher who grew up on the grasslands, is deeply passionate about life and her career, and has an undying faith and love for her husband, Qinggele. She had met and fell in love with the handsome, brave and expert horse-trainer, Qinggele, one day on the banks of the mysterious and beautiful Moon Lake. They made a pledge to each other, and with Moon Lake bearing witness to their love, swore that they would return to Moon Lake at the end of their lives. One day, while training horses on the grasslands, Qinggele tried to save a child from drowning, and in a terrible accident, lost both his legs. Knowing what the loss of both legs meant to a horse-trainer, and that he would be a burden for the rest of his life to the woman he loved so deeply, he made a heart-wrenching decision. Qinggele silently left the grasslands, leaving behind his beloved Sala and unaware that he was already the father to his yet-unborn daughter.
      Before he departed, Qinggele asked a friend to tell Sala that he would be back to find her after his legs had healed. In the following twenty years, Sala and her daughter relied on each other. Sala never allowed anyone to hurt her daughter and stood as the resolute pillar of their family, waiting for the day that Qinggele would return home.
      Chasina, the daughter of Sala and Qinggele, is a pretty girl and a talented and passionate singer, who graduated from a college of music. She became acquainted with a famous grasslands singer, Habu'er, and they two, deeply attracted by each other's sincerity and artistic talent, and fell in love. However, one day, Habu'er suddenly left Chasina without saying goodbye. Chasina was convinced that her mother, who had been opposed to the young lover's relationship, was to blame for Habu'er's departure, and so in anger and frustration, ran away from home. Chasina was never able to quell her affection for Habu'er and buried this love deep in her heart.
      Sala tried her utmost to locate her daughter's whereabouts and was eager to contact with her. Sala wished to clear up their misunderstandings by explaining what had happened to her father Qinggele, and help her daughter understand the true reasons why Habu'er had departed so suddenly. But each time she tried to speak, she met with Chasina's flat refusal to listen. One day, upon learning that she was suffering from a terminal illness, Sala realized that her time was limited. Abandoning any hope of a cure, she resolved to use her remaining time to find and reconcile with her daughter, and to fulfill her pledge to her husband Qinggele-- to return to Moon Lake.
      On the way to Moon Lake, they encounter a hospitable, optimistic and calm elderly woman who helps Sala to overcome her fear of death, and attain a sudden epiphany about the true meaning of life and love. As darkness falls on Moon Lake, with her daughter's tears falling gently on her face, Sala finally hears what she longed to hear for so many years-- the sound of her daughter calling her “mom” and gently closes her eyes and passes out of this world.
      Early the next morning, Chasina welcomes the sunrise on the beautiful autumn grasslands, and sets out on her journey back to home.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Feb 01, 2011
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