In Nanjing, China during the Ming Dynasty, Tang Xianzu, a government official, found himself surrounded by incompetent and corrupt officials. In his pursuit for an upright administration, he was disgraced and stripped away from all his official duties. Discouraged and disillusioned, he returned back to his hometown of Linchuan, China to a life of quiet seclusion.
As the window of political aspiration closed in his life, another opened, which marked the beginning of his journey as China’s greatest playwright. With his experiences and frustrations as a civil servant in the fight for an ethical governing system, he wrote and produced one of his momentous works, A Dream Under The Southern Bough.
Tang Xianzu: Rebirthing Of A 400-Year Old Dream is a short animation video that traces the life of China’s greatest dramatist, Tang Xianzu, his greatest known work, A Dream Under the Southern Bough, and how eventually through his writing, inspired the desire for reform among the people who humiliated him.