When Takata Gou-ichi (Takakura Ken) learns his estranged son Ken-ichi (Nakai Kiichi) is seriously ill, he rushes to be by his side. But Ken-ichi refuses to see him. Rie (Terajima Shinobu), Ken-ichi's wife, gives Takata a videotape to help him get to know his son again. The mention of a promise on the tape sends Takata on an odyssey to prove his love for his son. He encounters colourful strangers, discovers human kindness... and a sense of family he thought he had lost long ago.