Running time 119 minutes
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China is not yet unified in the Spring and Autumn Period. The country-to-be is a patchwork of feudal kingdoms and states, constantly vying with each other for supremacy and terriorial advantage. The kingdom of Lu is typical. The ruler of Lu invites Kong Qiu into the court as a trusted adviser, and appoints him the court’s Minister of Rituals. In court, Kong Qiu demonstrates the effecacy of his ethics and his own tactical brillance by regaining Lu’s control over three cities lost in battle to the Qi kingdom three decades earlier. But Kong Qiu is outmaneuvereed by the ruler of Qi, who bribes the ruler of Lu to demote his minster and send him into exile. Kong Qiu sorrowfully leaves his family and begins a new life as a wandering teacher.
Kong Qiu and his disciples suffer great hardships as they wander in search of a new home. Ji-Sun Fei finds Kong Qiu and brings a gift from his dying father, a jade ring, symbolizing his unbrokjen link with his homeland Lu. Kong Qiu agrees to return to Lu, but only as a teacher, he will not involve himself in politics. He is true to his word, and he sees out his days working on his scrolls, editing poems and chronicling history.