Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Many different kinds of Chinese have taken up residence in Taiwan. They are from wildly different provinces, with different languages and cultures. Add to that differences in social class and the reactions of local Taiwanese to all these parvenus and consider, on top of that, the reactions of rural Taiwanese to anyone else, and you have a pretty potent mass of distrust and discord seething beneath a placid, pleasant surface. When a city man (Wu Hsin-kuo) brings his family to a seaside town for a vacation, the pleasant surroundings and polite demeanor of the locals cause him to overlook these tensions. He enters into the local gambling pastime and even cheerfully receives the nickname of "Weirdo." However, he is not prepared for what happens when these same tensions erupt and several people are killed. As an outsider, everyone is now pointing to him as the culprit.