It is 1937 and Shanghai is under Japanese occupation. Walter Faraday, known as "the Opium King" and a supplier named Mei Gan battle over a valuable supply of the drug and Faraday is killed. A year later, missionary Gloria Tatlock comes in search of Faraday's legendary opium to relieve the pain of injured soldiers. She and her fellow missionary need a street-wise man to help them in their quest and they engage the fortune hunter Glendon Wasey. The vulgar Wasey finds himself in a dangerous adventure with less than pious Tatlock and before long they both find themselves falling in love.
Sean Penn, Madonna, Richard Griffiths, Paul Freeman, Philip Sayer, Clyde Kusatsu, Toru M Tanaka Jr., Victor Wong, Sonserai Lee, Michael Aldridge, Sarah Lam, George She, Won Gam Bor, To Chee Kan, David Li, Keith Bonnard, Claire Lutter, Pamela Yang, Michael Chow, Samuel Tsao, Philip Tan, George Harrison, Lim Kay Tong