It’s the summer of 1988 in Beijing. A group of young artists are at a dance party in a hutong when a policeman arrives, threatening their safety. Will the officer sentence them to the firing squad or life in prison? Or will the artists fight back? Ju’s deep concern about China’s suppression of the contemporary art scene becomes the focal point of the film. His satirical critique creates a dialogue between artists and the state, as embodied by the policeman, putting forth a powerful thesis about art, culture, and freedom in Chinese society.