The film is based on the real life experiences of the three main people: a fashion designer who relinquished his career as a glamorous haute couture designer to live and work in Thailand; a doctor who resigned his hospital post as a surgeon to care for the terminally ill; and a singer who terminated her contract with a major record company and turned to living off the land.
Filming started in 2006 with a visit to a design workshop in Chiang Mai, then moved to Isaan in northern Thailand where fabrics are handcrafted using traditional spinning, weaving and dyeing techniques. Several visits were made to Thailand over the seven years till 2013 in order to shoot on location.
Footage was also shot in various locations throughout Japan: Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, where a fashion designer’s birthplace now lies at the bottom of a dammed lake; Gifu Prefecture, in central Honshu, where a doctor's clinic is located; and a singer’s farm in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
Footage was also shot and research conducted at the destinations of a doctor's qigong tours: Yakushima, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for its ancient Jomon cedar trees; Ishigaki Island, located in south west of the Okinawa Islands; and Guilin, China; Luang Prabang, villages in mountain area, Laos.
The film weaves a series of select scenes out of a significant amount of imagery and footage.