Li Xiaoli (Xie Chengze) is a Chinese exchange student who travels to Fuchinobe in Tokyo to study for a year. After much searching, he finally finds a Chinese restaurant with the help of his old classmate Qiu Qiu (Qiu Tian). The restaurant’s manager, Guan Wei (Qi Xi), takes him in while the clerk, Aoki (Niu Chao), treats him as a rival. As the next spring rapidly approaches, what will happen to the new relationships and bonds that have been formed?
BEFORE NEXT SPRING, from first-time director Li Gen, is a keenly observed drama about Chinese expats who find their own sense of “home.” Drawing from his own experiences as a foreign exchange student studying in Japan, the director crafts an engaging story centered on the Chinese restaurant where various lives of our main characters intersect in an engaging fresco of everyday life.