Chen Liang, a young Chinese man working illegally in Japan, buys an ID and cell phone on the black market. When he gets a call offering a job, he blindly accepts. Chen, now known as Liu, ends up as an apprentice in a rural soba shop. As he acclimates to his new life, he forms a strong bond with his most wise mentor, while a quiet romance develops with a local woman. However, the threat of deportation always lurks around the corner… Kei Chikaura’s moving and insightful feature debut offers a rare inside view of life as a marginalized immigrant in Japan.
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