Lang (Deng Chao) is a car racer living in 2022 Shanghai. Upon winning a national rally, he publicly and sarcastically “thanks” his dad, Zheng (Eddie Peng), for his rough upbringing and lack of encouragement. He offers Zheng a ride to show off his driving, but crashes the vehicle.
While hovering between life and death, Lang time-slips to 1998, and lands in an alley where he witnesses a young Zheng’s righteous but foolhardy actions. Together with dimwit Liu Yi (race-car driver Zack Gao) and computer nerd Little Ma (Dong Zijian, MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART) they go on a crime spree that becomes a father-son bonding session, as if this is an amalgam of an ‘80s Hong Kong youth gang film and PEGGIE SUE GOT MARRIED and BACK TO THE FUTURE.
Writer-Director Han Han, 35, is currently China’s most popular blogger, literary rebel and professional rally driver, and has been hailed the definitive voice of his generation. Like his debut feature THE CONTINENT, autobiographical elements are infused into themes of travel, nonconformism and male-bonding in his latest film.
— Edited from Variety