With the resignation of a fading noir anti-hero, ex-gangster Chen Shengli is released after spending 10 years in prison for cutting off the hamstring of his rival gang’s boss. Now, he’s back in town, wandering aimlessly around his old turf and frequenting a seedy nightclub where he meets a tough nurse he mostly falls for. Undeterred by former colleagues coming after him to settle old scores, and with barely a morsel of charity, Shengli decides to turn things around by taking over a kindergarten whose previous owner has gone into hiding from creditors.