Tharlo is an orphan, a 40-year-old single man, Now grown up he makes a living as a sheepherder in the village. He has grown a ponytail, so people simply call him Ponytail, since nobody remembers his real name anyway. He has a remarkable memory. He remembers so many things, except his own name.Now Tharlo goes to town to take a photo for his identity card. He meets a girl in the barber's shop who changes the course of his life. He embarks on the journey to discover his own happiness. In his journey of discvoery, Tharlo has lost his sense of self.
Wanma Tsaidan, born December 1969. He is a Chinese film director and screenwriter of Tibetan ethnicity. The member of the China Film Directors' Guild, China Film Association and Chinese Film Literature Association. His debut work, The Silent Holy Stones, won the Best Directorial Debut at the 25th Golden Rooster Awards, In 2009, Soul Searching won the Special Jury Award at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Goblet Award. Tharlo, a film adaptation based on the novel of the same name by himself, won the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 52nd Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, and the film was nominated for Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.