The movie features Nakadai as Kuwahata Chokichi who used to be a famous actor but is suspected to be suffering from dementia now. He is betrayed by his elder daughter Yukiko (Harada), her husband-cum-his-former-disciple Ikuo (Abe) and Yukiko's lover, a mysterious driver (Kobayashi) and gets sent to a high-class old folks' home. One day, Choukichi runs away from the home and wanders to the beach where he meets his younger daughter Nobuko (Kuroki) who he had with his lover. Although he had thrown Nobuko out in the past, he begins to imagine seeing her as the image of Cordelia who is the beloved daughter of King Lear after talking to her. Once his past memories come back to him gradually, Choukichi also heads towards the world of insanity.