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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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1990 (Taiwan) See more »
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Directed by
Yen-ping Chu  (as Lawrence Full)
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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
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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Rated R for violence and language
Hong Kong:93 min | USA:96 min | Taiwan:125 min
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Spoofs Prison on Fire (1987)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An unexceptional, but entertaining enough, prison flick., 21 February 2007
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

With a stellar line up of HK stars including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Tony Leung and Andy Lau (some of whom appeared as a favour to the director, who was in dire financial trouble with some 'dodgy types'), this brutal film mixes emotional drama, savage violence and OTT action to deliver an effective little addition to the prison movie sub-genre.

Tony Leung plays Andy, a cop who gets himself sent to prison after his future father-in-law is murdered by a supposedly executed convict. Whilst trying to figure out how a dead prisoner can become an assassin, he befriends various other prisoners, but himself becomes a target of some of the less desirable characters in the prison.

Those drawn to this film by the presence of 'wacky Jackie' will be sorely disappointed, since Mr. Chan appears in only a few scenes, and even the fights he participates in are not up to his usual acrobatic standard. However, fans of the other big stars should get their money's worth; Prison on Fire may be no classic, but it is entertaining enough to be worth a go.

Anyone who has seen their fair share of prison movies will know what to expect from this kind of affair: nice guy prisoners who we are supposed to root for; bad guys who make our hero's life a living hell; prison escapes and riots; and the occasional 'funny' scene to lift the mood (in this case, Sammo's ogling of a big breasted woman whose car breaks down near to his work detail). This one has it all!

It also has a rather enjoyably silly ending which features loads of gunfire and some slow-motion squib effects, and more disturbingly, a shocking scene which features an Alsatian being kicked in the head (the poor mutt flies through the air and lands awkwardly on its back!).

If you wish to check out this movie, find either the Taiwanese version, or the Hong Kong Legends DVD; the Taiwanese cut features several scenes missing from the US release, whilst the HK Legends disc includes them as an extra.

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