A Shaw Brothers effort from the late 70's supposedly an expose on the Hong Kong prison system of the 1950's- that was what we're led to believe at the beginning with a documentary narrative approach and the story supposedly based on the memoirs of a female probationary officer. Thereafter when the story begins we focus on the character played by Tony Lau and his experience of injustice going through the HK prison system surrounded by corrupt wardens, prison 'Big brothers' and stoolies that make his life hell.
It's all done in a very melodramatic and sensationalist fashion and while I appreciate the earnest message the filmmaker is trying to make on the need to address the injustice of the corruption of the prison system and it's effect on individuals, the execution is very heavy-handed and cliché by today's standards. This distracts some impact of the film and also that for a film supposedly set in the 1950's everything looks very 1970's. However credit should go to the use the female probationary officer's perspective on the story and her consistent effort to bring justice to the prisoner's situation which brings sympathy and urgency to the plight of Tony Lau's character. Overall worth a look just to see social conscience films done Shaw style and to draw links to the more famous HK prison drama "Prison on Fire" starring Chow Yun Fat.
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