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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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

City on Fire  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Fu: [Fu talks about his family life] You know, my father was a crook. I got it from him. I just hope my son doesn't turn out like me.
Ko Chow: Is your old man still in jail?
Fu: He's been dead for ten years. My father was stupid. He got shot by the police.
Ko Chow: So you despise them?
Fu: Not at all. They were just doing their job, so why should I?
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Edited into Who Do You Think You're Fooling? (1994) See more »

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It took me a long time to finally get a hold of this film. it was worth the wait. Ringo lam is one of the most original directors out of hong kong. this is the finest work of his that i've seen. chow yun-fat worked very hard for the best actor award he got for this film. and danny lee ain't bad either. Ringo Lam's handling of the action is where this movie really shines. it is brutal in the fashion of an old Walter Hill or Peckenpah film, realistic and frightening. hong kong is displayed more accurately than i have ever seen in a movie, with its streets crowded till they appear ready to burst. in the final robbery sequence, the streets appear to be impenetrably thick. it is just a reminder that hong kong has more than four times the population density of new york city. many people have accused tarantino of ripping off this movie, and claim that reservior dogs is an exact copy. first of all tarantino gives credit to chow yun-fat as an influence at the start of the screenplay for reservior dogs. second of all the entire movie of reservior dogs is a expansion of a ten minute sequence near the end of the movie. and over here it is done totally different. so lay off of him mkay.

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