||Shankar, a royal gardener, could not believe
his eyes when he saw, by the moonlight, a huge white elephant in the royal
garden. He could not resist holding on to this celestial elephant's tail
as it climbed up to heaven. There he saw flowers, trees and fruits which
were ten times bigger, more fragrant and more tasty than those found on
the earth, and he brought one back to his wife, Lakshmi. His journey with
the white elephant became known to the curious villagers and one day they
all tried to reach heaven together ...
Dog Who Wanted to Be the Sun (Thailand)
||A little dog named Greenie decided that he
wanted to be the sun himself and wanted the sun to be a dog in his place.
Finally the sun agreed and Greenie shone fiercely and ruthlessly on anyone
or anything that he thought should be destroyed until he found out that
the cloud could block his rays. Greenie then wanted to be the cloud, wind,
an anthill, and so oncanything which looked stronger than he was.
Princess of Lotus Flowers (China)
||Douxu, a scholar, met a beautiful Lotus Princess
in a dream. The Princess's home was attacked by a huge Serpent. Finding
no way to rescue her, the scholar awoke in a frenzy. To his surprise, the
sound of crying from the Princess in his dream was coming from some bees
buzzing around the pillow on which he was asleep. Actually, a beehive in
the neighbouring garden had been attacked by a big snake. Remembering his
dream and looking at the snake he had killed, Douxu couldn't help sighing
"That is the Serpent".
The film presents an old philosophical idea of Zhuangzi about the mutual
interweaving of life and dream having, yet not possessing; not possessing