The summer of the new millennium was the best of Ren-jie’s young life—it was when he met Xiao-ping and spent the languid, sunny months walking hand in hand with her, writing the opening lines of his life’s poem.
Set against the subtle backdrop of the elections and government politics of Taiwan from the early 2000s onward, The Last Verse shifts from Ren-jie’s carefree late-teen years when he meets Xiao-ping to their later, more troubled adult life.
While a young adult, Ren-jie’s father takes his own life, and Ren-jie is forced to repay a loan his father borrowed from a gangster. After Ren-jie is discharged from the air force, he tries to resume a normal life with Xiao-ping, who just wants to get married, live in a nice home and have kids. However, it quickly becomes clear that the pressures of poverty, Ren-jie’s job and their long-distance relationship have strained their relationship.
When they are finally reunited, how would they write the last verse of their life together?