In the early 1950s, Hong Kong was in a downturn and entertainment was severely hit. Cantonese opera student Sheng GuiLi talented, but his play troupe is still scattered because of the audience a handful. At the beginning of the film is Lee's last performance, his wonderful acting and passion into the performance, so that the audience happier, with the actors and actresses on stage to discuss: "play this scene is scattered, and he also so life ! "" Oh, he is temper! "Took the severance payment, Lee and his friends out of the theater, stalls in the late night, two people said that their livelihood difficult, Lee is still optimistic about his high school in Macau, And good grades, get the eldest son of the scholarship right, but also smiled ear to ear, said the bitter also for his son read graduation, this is his hope. Lee returned home to pay the severance pay to his wife, wife know he was unemployed, angry: "The money used to buy rice or rent?" The younger son Awake woke up, happy to take the bread bought by his father to him Gnaw, and said Brother letter. The eldest son of the right letter to talk about the summer vacation to go home. For his son's schooling and raising a family, Chen Hou, Chen Reng-jen, who is seeking to organize a giant class, retained his tiger who was beaten and kicked in class (called "pull") for only 10 yuan a day. Lee took the eldest son back home, the family happily eat reunion dinner, the right to ask the troupe, Libu Wu in the past. After dinner, he took money from his wife and took two sons to the streets. Father and son drink tea in the teahouse and ask how much the book should be for next academic year. The son said that he wants 200 yuan. His son plans to go back to school. Sheng GuiLi borrowed money from Chen Hou for his bookkeeping fee and Chen gave him 40 yuan. He claimed he had no salary before the casual class. A power in the classmates talk about his father is a ugly student. The whole family went to the theater to see the movie. A Quan found his father was beaten and kicked on stage, tired gasping, painful home, the mother revealed to him the truth at home. A right to the father no longer study, go out to work. Lee gas very strict order to continue reading. In order to raise a book book fee, reluctantly take their costumes to make a living with the pawn, was hit by a wife, she stopped and complained of difficulties: "You have old, more and more skinny, why bother for his son to study again? The price, set to his son to complete his studies, his wife know that beat him, had to let him take the costumes away. However, only 60 yuan pawn shop, still not enough, you know, come up with their costumes, and invited him to participate in street performances. Ah right run for job search, due to lack of diploma and human feelings, run into trouble, had to listen to my classmates advised to go back to Macau to say. Lee played in the hot sun on the street, unusually hard, and still play at night, tired and half dead. Lee sent his son on board, his wife took out 200 yuan and his son left a letter to him, when he knew his son is going to Macau job search, very disappointed. Instead, let's hope for the younger son, and send Ah Sung to elementary school. His wife went to the neighbors to take care of him without telling him, tired to sick, dying before his son had a letter back to say while reading in Macau, while working part-time. After his wife died, Lee will be depressed, one day in the streets acting, suddenly lost voice fainted. Yi Sheng told him later that he could no longer play and lost his means of earning a living. He could not afford to go to school and had to send him to Chen Hou's school play. Unexpectedly, Avril miss his father, unable to concentrate, the first stage, that many missed, was back to the troupe.Lee critical illness, right to see the father back to tell that he has graduated, and can make an independent living, and for younger brother to study, Lee greatly comfort: "I'm too tired, to rest!" The ugly life of a happy, really tired! He finally laughed at his death.