At the end of World War II, Ah-Dee, who fought under Japanese command, returns to the mountains of central Taiwan and resumes his activities as a bamboo farmer. Traumatized by the war, he is unable to marry but adopts a son named Spring, and later on, a young woman, Tangerine, for her to become his wife. But when Spring must leave for military service, Ah Dee's long repressed desires reappear : he falls madly in love with his daughter-in-law.
Assassin Robert Rath (Sylvester Stallone) arrives at a funeral to kill a prominent mobster, only to witness rival hired gun Miguel Bain (Antonio Banderas) complete the job for him -- with grisly results.
Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point.
Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose.