In the American West after the Civil War, coexistence is subjected to the violence that the war had generated among each other contenders. Without an organized authority, judges and executioners emerge everywhere. A woman will live an ordeal because his husband trapped under a timber. When asking for help, none of the people that cross the road help her.
In late 19th Century Hong Kong the British may rule the land, but the pirates rule the waters. One Coast Guard officer is Dragon Ma, who is determined that his beloved Coast Guard will not be made a fool of.
Kevin Kline and Glenn Close star as Harold and Sarah Cooper, a couple whose marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex.