In Shanxi, China, 1899, the Kang family is part of a banking empire that is modernly known as China's Wall Street. Lord Kang has no other option than to make his third and least favourite son, Third Master, is an heir to the family business. But Third Master is young and hedonistic and at first refuses. But after a series of events which include the kidnapping of his brother's wife, Third Master is forced to grow up and he unwillingly assumes his role.
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Helmed by celebrated director Patrick Tam after a 17-year sabbatical, one can't help but wonder if he was a bit rusty as he brought this story to life. We intrude on the unhappy family of Chow (Aaron Kwok), a small-town stir-fry chef with a gambling problem who has trouble providing for his common-law wife Ling (Charlie Young) and their ten-year old son Boy (King-to Ng). In fact, Ling is packing to leave as the film begins, and when Chow catches her he gives her a bit of a beating to whip her back into shape. Boy is suitably traumatized and longs only for a calm home.
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