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City on Fire (1987)

Lung foo fung wan (original title)
An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ko Chow (as Chow Yun Fat)
Yueh Sun ...
Inspector Lau / Uncle Kung (as Yeuh Sun)
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Fu (as Danny Sau Yin Lee)
Carrie Ng ...
Hung
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Kong Lau ...
Inspector Chow
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Chan Kam-Wah (as Kam-kong Tsui)
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 ...
Lily
Victor Hon ...
Bill
Kwong Leung Wong ...
Kwong
Maria Cordero ...
Lounge Singer
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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)  »

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City on Fire  »

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Trivia

Karl Mak, the producer, gave four million HK dollars to Lam towards the film's budget, giving Lam absolute freedom to make any genre of film he wanted. See more »

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Reflections in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into Who Do You Think You're Fooling? (1994) See more »

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Two separate films that should be appreciated as such
18 March 2001 | by (Philadelphia, USA) – See all my reviews

I sought out this film once I learned it was a major inspiration Reservoir Dogs, which I already loved. After seeing City on Fire, I have to say I have even more respect for Tarantino now than I did before. City on Fire is a very good film with its own merits, which many people have already mentioned; however, to call Reservoir Dogs a rip-off of City on Fire insults both films. They are two separate films, telling different stories in different ways. Tarantino took the few most compelling elements of City on Fire, and then built an entirely different film around them. This is certainly an inspiration that deserves credit, but it is Tarantino's skill as a writer and director, as well as the amazing actors, that made Reservoir Dogs as great as it is. Even the most directly lifted scene, the Mexican stand-off, is an entirely different experience in each film. The way it is framed, the dialogue, and the resolutions are unique to each. Both films have their own strengths and weaknesses, and deserve to be judged independently. Don't lump them together by criticizing one great film for being inspired by another.


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