Director Jia Zhang Ke explores the dehumanizing impact of contemporary China's modernization through a quartet of narratives inspired by real─and violent─incidents. A miner (Jiang Wu) ups the ante when his protests of his workplace's closure meets with brutal pushback; a migrant worker (Wang Baoqiang) discovers the perks of firearm ownership; a spa receptionist (Zhao Tao) gets pushed too far by an abusive customer; and a fired factory worker (Luo Lanshan) finds his only employment prospects from a brothel. 130 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Cantonese and Mandarin 5.1; Subtitles: English. In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles.