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Fuzhou scholar Wang Chenglong was addicted to gambling and lost his wife Liu's red dress. Liu was angry with her good-for-nothing husband and reprimanded him harshly. Under such embarrassment, Wang Chenglong plunged into the Minjiang River. Fortunately, he was rescued and left for Chang'an. After many years' separation, the husband and wife meet again, but they are the most familiar strangers. The wife tries every means to see what the man looks like, but the husband tries to cover it up. This story tells about the subtle psychology and movements that arise when they meet again.

Min Opera, also known as "Fuzhou Opera", is a traditional opera gaining popularity in ten counties around Fuzhou, central, eastern and northern Fujian, elegantly called "Rongqiang" or "Minqiang". The only existing opera singing and speaking in Fuzhou dialect enjoys a time-honored history of more than 400 years. Fuzhou opera, combining the three genres of Pingjiang, Jianghu, and Rulin and Anhui Opera from the late Ming to the middle of the Qing Dynasty, has various types and tunes. It was included in the first batch of the national intangible cultural heritage list in 2006.