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City on Fire (1987)
"Lung fu fong wan" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 February 1987 (Hong Kong)
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An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Danny Lee ...
Fu (as Danny Lee Sau-Yin)
Yueh Sun ...
Inspector Lau / Uncle Kung (as Sun Yueh)
Carrie Ng ...
Roy Cheung ...
Kong Lau ...
Inspector Chow
Elvis Tsui ...
Chan Kam-Wah
Yeh Fang ...
Chow Nam
Chi Fai Chan ...
Chen Ching / Tai Song
Mang-Ha Cheng ...
Chow's Grandmother (as Mang-ha Cheung)
Parkman Wong ...
Ah Man
Bo-San Chow ...
Victor Hon ...
Kwong Leung Wong ...
Maria Cordero ...
Lounge Singer


An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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13 February 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

City on Fire  »

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The scene which Ko Chow is running on Nathan Road so as to escape from the police was filmed when director Ringo Lam put the camera in a van and ordered Chow Yun-Fat to follow the van that is driving along the road. See more »


The blood on Ko Chow's shirt disappears. See more »


Ko Chow: [after Wah is killed, Inspector Lau asks Ko Chow to go undercover again, but Chow wants out] I sent in my resignation.
Inspector Lau: I never got it.
Ko Chow: Look for it.
Inspector Lau: Chow, only you know the people that Wah did. You asked for this, remember? You can resign... once we've captured the killers.
Ko Chow: Last time with Shing, it went bad.
Inspector Lau: What went bad? We got him.
Ko Chow: I betrayed a friend.
Inspector Lau: You helped capture scum, all right? This friend ordered the deaths of hundreds. He had to die. You're a cop. Who told you to make friends with ...
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Chow yun fat,, the leading man!

Chow yun fat made this movie for me. It's one of those movies that makes me see why Hollywood was kissing his butt for a while. He was very charming, funny, and dramatic. I saw some of this in the movies he had done for America, but never in this extended range.

This movie is centered around Chow yun fat who plays a cop whose in deep deep cover attempting to balance his real life relationship with his girlfriend with being toss in to deeper cover by his superiors to catch a criminal.

If this sounds like every Kung Fu film made in the 80's with an English dub, that's because it is, but unlike the police Drama Police Story in which Jacky Chan plays a man dedicated to his heroics to a fault, Chow yun Fat plays a man who wants out but his boss needs to keep him in as he's the only one who can capture the main villain. adding to this is the fact that it's not clear to some in the police department whose side he's on, which adds to the drama.

The movie also expresses some of the gun fu violence that chow yun fat became famous for, but not on the level as some of his others like Hard boiled or A Better Tomorrow, but it's there.

I would recommend everyone see this police drama and let chow yun fat prove to you what a great leading man he was at his peak.

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