Paul is a Korean-born immigrant whose life is turned upside down when his father is crippled from a robbery and his mother leaves them and marries the father of a bigoted gang leader, Billy. When Paul is constantly harrassed by Billy and his boys, Paul must use his skills in martial arts to defend himself. He learns that there is racial tension everywhere, especially when it involves his girlfriend, the daughter of a bigoted government official. Meanwhile, Billy must learn to adapt to this nature and attempt at peace with those who have done him wrong.
Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.
It's the lawless future, and renegade biker Harley Davidson (Mickey Rourke) and his surly cowboy buddy, Marlboro (Don Johnson), learn that a corrupt bank is about to foreclose on their friend's bar to further an expanding empire.