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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.
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.


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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)
Chung-Hua Tou ... Chiu / Charlie
Barry Wong ... Inspector Wong
Chuan-Chen Yeh ... Fong
Jack Kao ... Ho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wang An
Chung-Kuei Chang
Kuo-Chu Chang ... Miao-sheng / Seng
Rachel Chang ... Woman in the rain (as Chang Shui-chu)
Shui-chu Chang
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
Bao-ming Gu
Kang Ho
Wei-Hsiung Ho
Yan Hsiao
Chang-Wen Hsieh
Hai-Ling Hsiung
Cheng-Yi Hsu
Tou Hu
Ching-Lin Huang
Ming Kao
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
Yuen 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
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 | 95 min (USA) | Taiwan:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | 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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This is the first time that Jackie Chan and Jimmy Wang Yu have collaborated since they appeared together in Fung Yu Seung Lau Sing, Mi Ni Te Gong Dui.See more »
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Spoofs Prison on Fire (1987)See more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Explosive action with all star cast, 6 October 2002
Author: Bogey Man from Finland

Film maker Chu Yin-Ping's Island of Fire (1990, Hong Kong) stars Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau and Tony Leung and they're all great. Tony plays a cop who goes undercover into one infamous prison in order to search for the truth behind one criminal who was supposed to be dead but seems not to be that way. Jackie plays a sort of lowlife who kills a man and is sent to the prison. Andy plays a violent triad boss who seeks revenge for the man who killed his brother. Sammo is a man who misses his son and occasionally breaks free from the prison in order to see him, and is always badly beaten as a punishment. Living in that prison is dangerous and so are the wardens, and once violence finally reaches a horrific climax mostly because of Leung's character, some new aspects about the prison death sentences and those "killed" are revealed.

Director Chu has made many films which include a violent and gritty triad film Requital (1992) and Island has some familiar elements from that film, too. Fortunately Island omits all the possible comic situations which too often destroy many otherwise great or noteworthy HK films and make them more than irritating to watch. Island is serious and pretty dark film and that is a great thing.

There are couple of great and also emotional scenes which include the rice eating scene and Sammo meeting his son scene, but they remain a little separate as they don't, after all, give too much to the whole story, characters and film content and they just serve to give those scenes themselves some touching and dramatic elements without adding anything which would mean something important for the whole film. So this film is pretty shallow and misses any message or themes it may had been able to have. It has some heroic (bloodshed) scenes and scenes depicting the friendship and loyalty between the prisoners and those scenes are among the greatest things this film can give, but they are never handled as far as John Woo does, for example. Also, the ending is pretty non-believable but still great and gritty action scene which also could have meant something more than it now does. The gratuitous final image is there just to make the film look nicer and leave sweeter taste to the mouth, and thus it is pretty commercial and unnecessary, I think.

The film concentrates on to give us fierce martial arts fights and equally fierce gun battles and as a pure action film this film succeeds and should please the junkies of HK action cinema, but if one prefers films with something more than just action, then Island of Fire isn't among the greatest recommendations. I can appreciate this due to its high impact action and mayhem on screen, again something never/rarely equaled by Western cinema, but still I give this "just" 6/10.

The British DVD by Hong Kong Legends includes the rare deleted scenes (approx. 30 minutes) which were included only in the Taiwanese version of the film. They give many new aspects to the film character's and in a way improve the film. Also the interview with the director is among the most interesting (albeit brief) extras I've seen in any DVD.

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