A Hollywood studio is producing another spectacular when the top billed male stars suddenly show up as corpses, killed before the critics could ever put pen to paper. Under suspicion is a talent agent. Is he guilty or not? These macabre events have everyone off their feed, from the producers down to the lowest gofer.
In a fit of jealousy, a store clerk walks out on her boyfriend and heads for a vacation in the Alps, but not before “borrowing” a high-priced ski wardrobe. Once on the slopes, she falls in love with a truck driver, who convinces himself that this extremely well-dressed young lady is wealthy.
A trio of bored teenagers move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, revealing along the way with sympathy and quiet humor a whole social stratum dispossessed of the Taiwanese economic dream, wandering aimlessly without a clear sense of purpose.
It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria’s newly-elected president, played by Josef Meinrad, makes his inauguration speech he declares Austria independence and issues an edict ending Austria’s financial support for the Global Union.
Setsuko Hara plays Fumiko, whose unsuccessful marriage has made her become more and more cynical. When her niece Ayako visits and complains about her own marriage, she is unsurprised. Meanwhile, a new couple, whose marriage is similarly unblissful, moves in next door. The two couples create a very awkward bond that could ruin both marriages, but everyone seems to be aware and nobody cares either way.
Odile and Camille are two sisters living in Paris. Odile is frustrated in her dull marriage to Claude, who shows no enthusiasm in her desire to buy a new apartment. Camille, studying for a doctorate, suffers from a panic disorder. The lives of both women are up-ended when three men enter their lives.