Chun-Lung, a young real estate agent in Taipei, gets word that his grandfather is seriously ill, and returns to his hometown in the countryside to handle the closing of his family's old corner store, which his grandfather had been running for generations. As Chun-Lung prepares to shut the place down, he comes across names, faces, and words that have persisted in that place since he was a child, and his interactions with living locals and his own dormant memories pull him ever closer to his childhood. Moreover, he discovers that serving his community is as much an art as a business – an art that kept his grandfather's store going in an age of supermarkets and convenience stores.
raised by his grandfather and moved to the northern part of the country after graduating from junior high school. He worked his way through high school and got into a real estate company later. He returned to his hometown and took over the grocery store after his grandfather got ill.
a mixed-race who always talks straightforwardly. She runs her own scallion pie stall and is at odds with her mother. She is known as the “Bitch Face Venus”.
founder of the grocery store. Nine out of the ten things that people need for their lives could be found at his store and used for a long time -- that is why the store was named “Yong-Chiu”("Use Nine", or the homophone of "Use Long" in Mandarin).