Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Old Han (Huang Zongluo) was a janitor for many years at the Peking Opera. While he was there, he witnessed countless productions, and saw an equally impressive number of rehearsals. Now that he is retired, he discovers that he has a common bond with a group of senior citizens he meets in the park: they all share a passion for Peking Opera. They decide to rent a space in order to amuse themselves by putting on scenes and the like. What could be more natural than putting Old Han in charge of their preparations? However, he fails to understand the amateur nature of the operation, and offends the hobbyists grievously with his stern, disciplinarian manner. Things come to a head when they discover that the space they have been renting is going to be torn down soon.