Ma lived an idyllic life on The Floating Island with his group of friends, Hippo, Qing Qing and his nemesis Xiao Xiong.
They roamed out in the open and answered adventure’s every beckoning.
Their mystery of the day was connected to a folk legend and an unoccupied by locked toilet stall. They were convinced that the two were connected.
Consulting the town’s know-it-all for answers, the four scaled towering rocks by the beach and traipsed around an abandoned house to find more clues.
They braved danger and ultimately found their way home.
But like time and tide, the familiar place and people would just be a memory, fading slowly away like The Floating Island.
Lu Chuan’s short film won the Best Director Award at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival.