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Cast

Chao Chen (Tching)Isio Ghelman (Lélio)Ida Gomes (Joana (Maid))Jui Huang (Seductive Chinese Man)Renion Tun Jen (Zheng (Young))Elisa Jung (Liu)Thomas Li (Tao)Débora Olivieri (Giselle)Lucélia Santos (Luiza)Werner Schünemann (Claudio)Chan Suan (Fiancee)Lian Tai (Ming)Cecil Thiré (Dr. Amâncio)Paulo Vespúcio (Mauricio)Ck Wei (Huang)David Ypond (Zheng)

Director

Moacyr Góes

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Synopsis

Luiza is a sharp journalist who writes critical reports. She works at the editorial office of a newspaper with Gisele, the newspapers photographer, who is also her best friend. She is married to Claudio who does not understand how she is not able to conciliate her love for her professional life with her personal life. Luiza makes a denouncement making a powerful drug dealer be kept in prison, and is therefore being watched by the bandits. Her Editor, Lelio, decides that she should stay away from the newspaper, assigning her to make a Brazil - China Business Guide. She tells it to her supportive husband who says it will be good for her. Luiza reacts because she does not feel tired. Claudio says that he is sure shell soon find something that interests her in her new task. In order to make the Business Guide she goes on a trip to a farm in the interior of São Paulo. There she runs across an abandoned village where formerly Chinese immigrant peasants used to live. Inside a small house she meets a young lady who reveals a premonition to her. She says that Luiza will go to China and will see the Great Buddha. Luiza feels bewildered after meeting this mysterious woman. She mentions about the meeting she had had with the young lady to the landlord, at the main house. The man says that this cannot be possible because there has not been any Chinese there for more than 30 years. Luiza is afflicted by her dreams with Ming, the Chinese lady. She then decides to go back to the farm. She finds out that it is an abandoned house. There is a strong sudden wind and a poster with an image of an artist of the circus falls at her feet. Later, by looking through old Farm books she discovers the following story about this Chinese lady. Ming was married to Zheng but was once raped by another young man of the village. She decides to keep this secret from everyone even from her husband whom she had been trying to have a baby with. In an intimate relationship between Ming and her husband, a birthmark is seen on one of his feet. Ming discovers that she is pregnant some months later. When the violator finds out about the newborn child he tries to take the child away from Ming. Zheng suddenly appeared, fighting and killing his rival. Zheng becomes stunned with the crime and in order to punish his wife he runs away with the child to China. Ming, in deep despair, throws herself in the river taking her own life away. The fact that Ming is a spirit messes with all Luizas beliefs. Back at home Luiza has a quarrel with Claudio who gets very disappointed with the fact that Luiza had disappeared for three days without having told him anything. He is willing to give the relationship a try, and even speaks about having a child. However, Luiza does not give it any importance. At the newspapers editorial office Luiza and Gisele are informed that the entrepreneurs have loved the Business guide. Things have calmed down by now and Luiza can go back to the newspaper. Contrary to what everyone had thought she would do though, she asks to go with Gisele to China for the publication of the Business Guide. Back at home Luiza argues with Claudio again who cannot stand the way her job interferes in their life anymore. In China Luiza shows the poster to her Chinese host. He explains that the poster mentions a far away city in the North of the country. She then leaves her appointments behind in Beijing for some days, and goes on a trip to the interior asking Gisele to cover up for her. She faces the cultural and language differences and difficulties on her way. Her obstinacy ends up guiding her to the city of the old poster. In a ferry-boat near the city, she runs across the Great Buddhas image reminding her of Mings premonition: The Great Buddha will receive you. She gets very touched and cries. Luiza visits a Circus School where she meets Tching who for her surprise speaks Portuguese. He then takes her to visit his house, introduces her to his cousin and tells her a li

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