In 1913, Dafu, goes from China to Japan for studies. At that time, Japan is the rising power, China is in turmoils. Dafu takes tough studies and racial discriminations in stride. But he finds his nascent manhood difficult to handles. He meets Lung-erh, his dream girl. He falls in love instantly. But she soon disappears. In Japan, Dafu sees both sides of human nature but keeps his course. Then he meets Isao Okada, the modern samurai. Okada helps Dafu to literary fame. Lung-erh comes back. The two friends become rivals, Lung-erh makes her choice known, it's Dafu. But Lung-erh's father is knifed down by Japan's secret police. Only Okada can protect her, so Dafu excuses himself form the scene, Dafu later becomes China's foremost poet and author. He is still thinking of his two friends the moment a Japanese bullet kills him 30 years later.
Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes.
The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign.
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority".