On a warm spring day in 2015, Grandma Tamayo and the Tamaki family, the largest immigrant family on Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, go on a journey back home to where they’d long left before World War II — Taiwan. The people who emigrated from Taiwan to Okinawa became political refugees under the 30-year U.S. occupation. The Tamakis were one of these families caught between the tides of post-war restruction, democratic revolutions, and nation building through the splitting of the East Asian region to serve the geo-political interests of the victors (China and the U.S.).
The Tamaki’s return journey to their former motherland slowly ekes out bits and pieces of memories, which is at first disorienting, but becomes clearer as the family’s complex identity, molded by war, is revealed. The result is a heartwarming film spanning 80 years about how a family together wades through and eventually revives in the tides of history.