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Prison on Fire (1987)
"Gam yuk fung wan" (original title)

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Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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41671 / Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Ka-Kui Ho ...
Roy Cheung ...
Victor Hon ...
Chiu Chow Man
Chi Hung Ng ...
Blind Snake
Kwong Leung Wong ...
Bill
Man-Gwan Wong ...
Mimi
Joe Chu ...
Billy
Fui-On Shing ...
Ming Leung ...
Yiu's Father
Shui-Jan Fung ...
Ching's Mother
Yuen-Tat Chan ...
Kau Suk
Shu-Kei Law ...
Prison Warden
Yin Nam ...
Prisoner's Head
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An explosive crime-drama that caused a sensation upon its release. Audiences gasped for breath from the bloodshed and violence, yet were deeply moved by the fraternal bond between the two leading characters. Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung are riveting as the inmates who get involved with the intracacies of the prision system. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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Prison Turbulence  »

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41671: I always talk so loud. I talk loud. Doesn't mean I'm rude. Sir!
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Intense and violent
30 July 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Tony Leung stars as Yiu, who has been jailed for manslaughter. Chow Yun Fat stars as Ching, another prisoner also jailed for manslaughter. Ching is a good-natured prisoner who tries to make the best of his situation, and helps naive Yiu out.

It's a familiar story of the savagery of prison life, as Yiu & Ching must deal with intra-prison triads and a sadistic warden.

The pressure of these elements pushes them to the edge, and by the end of the movie, Ching & Yiu completely lose it. This is a very violent and uncomfortable movie to watch. The storyline doesn't make any profound social observations. But Chow Yun Fat's acting is very intense: he really turns into a bug-eyed wild animal. And Tony Leung is good as a man who would easily fall apart in such an environment if not for Ching's support.

The movie also has other Ringo Lam regulars like Tommy Wong & Roy Cheung (playing Billy & Officer Hung, respectively.)


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