Tiger Father Dog Son tells the story of a family of four, while focusing on the clashing relationship between father and son. Chang Bao Tong (Han Tou Sheng) is a middle school teacher who is very strict in the upbringing of his two children, son Tian Zi (Jing Chao) and daughter Jia Hui (Zhang Jia Ning). His wife Xiao Tao (Tao Hui Min), however, is a caring housewife and mother. Troublemaker Tian Zi fails the university entrance exam for the second time, but Jia Hui manages to get into the university her father chose for her. While pushing his son to retake preparatory classes, Bao Tong has to realize that he can’t control the life of his daughter like before, now that she entered university.
Set in the 1930s in Shanghai. Magician Ye Fei (Jing Chao) wants to avenge his father which leads him on the path of saving the country through resisting Japan. He also joins hands with a mafia gang to fight against the Japanese and meets the daughter of the mafia boss Xiao Yao (Zhou Dong Yu).