By Elsa YANG


Drama - Completed 2014


    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama, Family
    • Countries
    • TAIWAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elsa YANG
    • Writer(s)
    • Jerry Yan-Fu LIU, Elsa YANG
    • Synopsis
    • Guo Yin is looking for a new hustle after having just been released from jail. More an opportunist and a trickster than a hardened criminal, the talented boy manages to fake his way into the services of a grieving, wealthy household - posing as a Tibetan Buddhist lama.
      His benefactress is the materialistic, yet deeply religious Xinyu. Her husband, the proud and successful businessman Tinghan, is suspicious of this “Rinpoche”, and is investigating the young man sleeping in his son’s room.
      Guo Yin gradually progresses from nervous beginner to confident spiritual guide. He settles into the household ritual, seemingly with the comforts of a family life he never had growing up, although he is discovering that the problems of this estranged couple go deeper than the tragedy of the son’s death.

      The Rinpoche becomes a much-needed companion for a lonely woman, and it is precisely because he is not a lama that he seems able to relate to her deeply on personal matters. At the same time Guo Yin is triggering a fatherly impulse in Tinghan. It is possible he already knows Guo Yin’s secret, but keeps him around because he has found some way to connect with his wife.

      The impostor is the catalyst, as the couple are forced to confront each other and their deepest regrets, and to face the here and now. Guo Yin must confront his own greatest regret as well – he had betrayed his brother T-Cai, the one who had raised him since childhood. T-Cai has tracked him down and is determined to collect on a past debt.

      Guo Yin is ultimately exposed, but to save his wife and his marriage a desperate Tinghan makes one last request of the Rinpoche. The Fire Ceremony must proceed. Each must transcend their roles, break free of past regrets and losses, and learn that what a family needs most requires neither wealth nor belief.