|Liu Zifeng||Old Liu|
|Zhang Fan||9 Year Old Xiangyang|
|Gao Ge||19 Year Old Xiangyang|
|Wang Haidi||30 Year Old Xiangyang|
|Liang Jing||Xiangyang's wife|
When Chairman Mao dies, many men jailed during his regime are released, including artist Zhang Gengnian, who comes back to his wife, Xiuqing, and son, Xiangyang, after a long absence. There is unease in the family home, though, as Xiangyang is mistrustful of the father he barely knows and Gengnian is no longer able to paint after years of forced labor. Xiangyang begins to excel at art, which could either bring him closer to his father or widen the schism.