Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Acclaimed Hong Kong director Ann Hui spins this crime drama about Chinese immigrants struggling to get ahead in Japan. Ben (Andy Lau) is a Chinese student with a fiery temper who is making a go at working as a tour guide. One day he meets fellow student Meng Tieh-lan (Cherie Chung). He immediately falls for her but she is simply not interested. When Tieh-lan's visit sponsor starts demanding physical favors in return, she returns into the arms of a yakuza named Asano, who is not only wanted by the cops but also by his fellow gangsters. When his former comrades do nab him, he gives Tieh-lan a tape and tells her to give it to Ishikawa (Yasuaki Kurota), the boss to a rival gang. The tape contains evidence that Asano's boss double-crossed and then killed Ishikawa's boss in a drug deal years ago. With no one else to turn to, Tieh-lan gets Ben to help her drop off the tape and flee Japan.
Chinese [nationality], double-cross, gangster, immigrant, Japan, student, tape [recording], tour-guide, drug-lord