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Island of Fire (1990) More at IMDbPro »Huo shao dao (original title)

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Island of Fire -- Three inmates unveil a world of high-class criminals & corrupt prison officials. In a battle for their lives, they must use their martial arts skills to bring the corruptors to justice.
Island of Fire -- A cop goes undercover to infiltrate a deadly prison where a team of mercernaries is being assembled.
Island of Fire -- It’s an all out battle of the Martial Arts Masters when Jackie Chan finds himself locked up in the most dangerous high security prison in Hong Kong.

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Director:
Writers:
Li Fu
Domonic Muir (dubbed version)
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Release Date:
1990 (Taiwan) See more »
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When you're looking for the living dead you start your search in hell!
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A cop goes undercover to infiltrate a deadly prison where a team of mercernaries is being assembled. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Yen-Ping Chu  (as Lawrence Full)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Li Fu  (as Lee Fu)
Domonic Muir  dubbed version
Yun Chiao Yeh 

Produced by
Wen Ho Chen .... producer
Chun Hsiung Ko .... producer
Chun Hsiung Ko .... supervising producer
Jen Shu Lee .... producer
Yu Wang .... producer
Yu Wang .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Li Fu 
Eckart Seeber 
 
Cinematography by
Yung Shu Chen 
 
Film Editing by
Te-Yang Chou 
 
Art Direction by
Hsiu Ping Chang 
 
Set Decoration by
Chun Lu 
 
Costume Design by
Tso-hsin Chang 
 
Makeup Department
Na Lai .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Chi-Chia Fung .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fu-kuang Chen .... assistant director
Yung-shen Chen .... assistant director
Fu-Ping Tu .... deputy director
 
Art Department
Kuo-hua Sun .... props
 
Sound Department
Shao-lung Hsi .... sound effects editor
Ching-ping Wang .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Rocky Lai .... stunts
Wan-Chang Lin .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pei-wei Chen .... set lighting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wei-min Hung .... costume assistant
Ching-hua Tsai .... costume assistant
 
Other crew
Hsien-fang Chang .... subtitler
Ling-yue Chang .... script supervisor
Wen Ho Chen .... planner
Dan Hennah .... production assistant
Chun Hsiung Ko .... presenter
Jen-cheng Lai .... production assistant
Ching-hsuan Li .... planner
Cheng Liang .... planner
Paul Tang .... planner
 

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Also Known As:
"Huo shao dao" - Taiwan (original title)
"Jackie Chan Is the Prisoner" - USA (video title)
"The Prisoner" - Europe (English title) (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
Hong Kong:93 min | USA:96 min | Taiwan:125 min
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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Island on Fire: The Taiwan version., 4 June 2004

Island on Fire (1990) was released in three different version, the Hong Kong theatrical run, the badly dubbed nonsensical U.S. version and the original two hour plus Taiwan cut. The best one out of the three is the Taiwanese print. This film was a "charity" film that was made to help the director who was in some real "financial" trouble with some shady characters.

The director's best friend "Jimmy" Wang Yu called up some actors who "owed" him some favors. The top flight actors did the work for little or no pay. They were making a movie that was going to make some money, not a classic or anything like that. Just a quick film that'll make some fast bucks. Let's take a look at the different prints shall we?

1.) The Hong Kong cut is a fast paced action film. Only the bare bones are left. Little plot is left in the way of seeing some of the actors on the screen. The story is simple, someone is hiring dead criminals to whack important people. Tony Leung Ka Fai get's involved when his fiancée's father get's whacked by the "dead" assassin. After snooping around he finds out that they're coming from a Taiwanese prison. So, old Tony gets himself arrested and his buddy pulls a few strings to get him inside the "big house".

2.) The United States print re-dubs a lot of the scenes making many of them nonsensical. The dialog is drastically changed and some scenes are just re-dubbed (i.e. Jackie Chan is thrown in prison for accidentally killing Andy Lau's brother).

Whilst in prison Andy Lau tries to have some of his inside men try and kill Jackie. Wang Yu doesn't want the prisoners killing each other or stupid things like that. He wants it civil inside. So to placate Lau's men he slices his arm and squeezes out some blood whilst telling them, "Let Lau know that I have bled for his brother, there will be no violence in my prison." Well, to that effect any way.

In the U.S. version he just cuts his arm to show the two how "crazy" he can get. "You wanna see crazy! I'll show you crazy!!" he tells the two as he cut's his arm?! Doesn't make any sense. It goes on like this for ninety minutes! The DVD is horrible, not only is it badly dubbed but the "commentary" is worthless. Hell I know more about the movie than the guy they put on it.

3.) The Taiwanese cut is over two hours long and it fleshes out the characters. Unlike the Hong Kong version, the film is fully subtitled in English (the subs disappear during the last eight minuted in the Hong Kong print). What I like about the Taiwan version is that the true motives of the characters are revealed. The movie makes a lot more sense and you call feel for them. It's also not as jumpy and confusing.

The rest of the movie is real interesting. You'll be in for a surprise by the wild ending and the shocking conclusion!

Highly recommended!

Taiwan print: A+

H.K. print: B

U.S. print: F-

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