Deep in the heart of New York's Chinatown thrives a criminal community a thousand years old, the Triad, an illicit network of ruthless corruption and power. As the new godfather of the organisation, Joey Thi (John Lone) decides it's time to declare war on the entrenched interests, both Italian and Oriental, in the lucrative drug trade. The streets run red with blood of his enemies. That is until NYCs most decorated cop, ex Vietnam vet, Stanley White (Mickey Rourke), takes over the Chinatown precinct. White wages a private battle against the chaos on his turf and only one man can survive the inevitable confrontation.