- It was 1917, China. Cheng is an innocent young man who works in a grocery store with no ambition other than to be with his lovely neighbor, Peking Opera student Qiu. But Cheng's life changes forever when he walks in on an affair between his lady boss and the chief of police. To hide this secret, the chief throws Cheng into prison, accusing him of raping his lady boss. There, Cheng meets cellmate Mao, who happens to have an escape plan. The duo breaks out, but Cheng has to leave his life and his dream girl behind. Cheng finds a job as a bouncer in the casino owned by the powerful Inspector Jin. As Jin indulges himself in debauchery all day long, Cheng slowly climbs up the underworld ladder, becoming one of most powerful mob bosses in Shanghai in the late 1930s. Fame takes its toll when he finds himself stuck between the looming Japanese army and the scheming local secret service. To make things worse, he bumps into Qiu, along with her writer husband...
Chow Yun Fat