The opening scene has two painters (Eric Tsang and Tai Bo) working on a large old house with tenants about to move in. Bo vanishes from the story, and Eric only comes back at the end. Then we cut to Wu Ma coming home with a wrapped gift for his wife, whom he catches in the act with her lover. The lover kills the husband, who becomes a ghost. Then a bunch of young women are working as bar hostesses, chatting to some guys. Then we see an escaping prisoner (Cheung Kwok Keung) taking refuge in the house.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority".