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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.


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1990 (Taiwan) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... Lung / Steve Tong

Andy Lau ... Lau / Boss Lee

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Fatty Liu Hsi Chia / John Liu

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Wei Wang / Andy Lau

Yu Wang ... Kui / Lucas
Chun Hsiung Ko ... Prison Chief / Prison Superintendent (as Chun-Hsiung Ko)
Tsung-Hua Tuo ... Chiu / Charlie
Barry Wong ... Inspector Wong
Chuan-Chen Yeh ... Fong
Jack Kao ... Ho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wang An
Chung-Kuei Chang
Jui-chu Chang
Kuo-Chu Chang ... Miao-sheng / Seng
Rachel Chang ... Woman in the rain (as Chang Shui-chu)
Sha Chao
Wen Ho Chen
Yen Ru Chen
Yu-Jing Chen
Chi Chi
Hao Chin
Wan Hsi Chin
Yung-chang Chin
Ben Ko Chu
Jing Fang
Kang Ho
Wei-Hsiung Ho
Yan Hsiao
Chang-Wen Hsieh
Hai-Ling Hsiung
Cheng-Yi Hsu
Tou Hu
Cheng-Lin Huang
Ching-Lin Huang
Ming Kao
Pao-Ming Ku
Chin-cheng Lai
Rocky Lai ... Iron Ball's Thug / Prisoner
Chang An Li
Kuang-Chun Lin
Ken Lo ... Bodyguard
Yuan Meng
Min-Jan Ni
Ting-Ken Shih
Meng-Chiu Tieh
Chien Tsao
Ming Cheng Tseng
Fu-Ping Tu
Lai Wang
Te Chih Wang
Te Sheng Wang
Yao Wang
Chien-mi Yang
Hsiung Yang
Lieh Yang
Hsing-Hui Yeh
Wen-han Yeh
Yuan Yi
Wing-Cho Yip
Bang Yu
Chin-Bao Yu
Sung Chao Yu
Simon Broad ... Fatty Liu Hsi Chia / John Liu (voice) (uncredited)

Jessica Gee ... Wei's Girlfriend (voice) (uncredited)
Subas Herrero ... Police (uncredited)

Directed by
Yen-Ping Chu  (as Lawrence Full)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Li Fu  (as Lee Fu)
Domonic Muir  english version (uncredited)
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 (english version)
Cinematography by
Jung-Shu Chen 
Film Editing by
Te-Yang Chou 
Art Direction by
Ji-Ping Chang  (as Chi-Ping Chang)
Set Decoration by
Chun Lu 
Costume Design by
Ching-Hua Tsai 
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
Tso-hsin Chang .... wardrobe
Wei-Min Hung .... costume supervisor
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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Additional Details

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 | 95 min (USA) | Taiwan:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:IIB | Norway:15 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2014) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1991) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R
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Shot in Taiwan and Philippines in 42 days from 5 April until 17 May 1989.See more »
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Spoofs La Femme Nikita (1990)See more »


What are the differences between the HongKong Version and the Extended Taiwanese Cut?
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Jackie Chan vs Andy Lau, 13 November 2011
Author: ebiros2 from United States

Story takes place in a prison. Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Sammo Hung and few other stars of the era. The movie is supervised by Jackie Chan's old colleague Jimmy Wang Yu.

The plot is about a prison where the convicts are part of a recruitment program to do special biddings for the government. The selection criteria is not obvious, but it seems that one's who had a fight in the prison and fought well got recruited. Who the true culprit is, and what twist in the plot there is at the end must be seen.

It's one of few movie where Jackie is not the star. There's also a rare fight scene between Jackie and Andy Lau.

It's hard to categorize what this movie is. It's a generic action movie, but there's lot of super A list actors appearing just as a co-star. Unfortunately they are under utilized, and the movie fails to achieve stellar performance it could have had.

Maybe this was movie made based on friends getting together, and chipping in their talents. This would have been possible with someone with Jimmy Wang's clout.

The movie is somewhat of an enigma in Hong Kong movie history.

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