The film opens with a forester preparing a tree for felling when he is interrupted by a stranger who explains that a film crew is shooting nearby and asks him to stop while they complete their filming. Thereafter he is slowly drawn into giving more and more help to the young director who is making his first film, a low budget Zombie horror movie. In contrast the widowed woodsman is having difficulties with his own son.
The film is a mix of comedy and drama taken at a leisurely pace with a running time of just over two hours. The woodman is played by Koji Yakusho who gives a brilliant captivating performance that holds the film together.