The story takes place in Shanghai. A girl loves a rich and much older man (played by Kinski). She is willed to do everything he wants to show this, but he is playing a sick game with her. As part of this game he sends her to a chinese brothel. A poor young boy sees her and falls in love with her. To get the money needed to sleep with her, he joins "the revolution". Also the movie shows the fate of some of the other prostitutes.