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1 April 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »
Centers on Captain Manfred who is caught in the line of fire between high levels of corruption and malice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Leon Lai ... Captain Manfred

Richie Jen ... Inspector Kee (as Richie Ren)

Baoqiang Wang ... Huang Yang

Vivian Hsu ... Ellen

Kai Chi Liu ... Cheung-on
Michelle Ye ... May
Charles Ying ... Sam (as Cheong-yau Ying)
Kai Tan ... Blade
Wilfred Lau ... Hoi (as Ho-lung Lau)

Yan Tang ... Huang Yang's wife
Xiaojun Yue ... Xiao Ke
Vanessa Yeung ... Manfred's wife
Meng Lo ... Tram witness
Laiqun Jin ... Lao Er
Pinky Cheung ... Cheung-on's ex-wife

Tak-Bun Wong ... Kerosene

Philip Keung ... Captain Chung
Galen Yu ... Commander Wu
Wei Wei ... Manfred's mother
Stephen Wong Cheung-Hing ... Chan Hong
Yuen-Leung Poon ... Loan Shark Eddy
Suet-yin Wong ... Cheung-on's daughter
Chi Keung Chow ... Ho Wing
Jack Ng ... Doctor Tang
Daisy Chan ... Witness's wife
Jason Chen ... Pickpocket being shaved
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Au ... Inspector Kee (voice)
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Arms Dealer
Ga-Leung Chan ... Arms dealer
Kuan Tai Chen ... Captain Kan
Kwok-Wai Cheung ... Policeman
Mo-Chan Chik
Stephen Huynh ... Chan Hong
Oi-Ling Lau ... Manfred's mother
Miu-Mak Lee
Man-Wai Luk ... Policeman

Cherry Ngan ... Kerosene's crook
Kwai Ying Cheung ... Onlooker in building (uncredited)
Cho-Kuen Chu ... Kwun (uncredited)
Tin Chi Law ... Man Fong's colleague (uncredited)
Hoi Kai Luk ... Temple cleric (uncredited)
Wai Yin Tse ... Policeman (uncredited)
May Yee Yip ... Granny on tram (uncredited)

Directed by
Dante Lam 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dante Lam  story
Wai Lun Ng 

Produced by
John Chong .... executive producer
Dante Lam .... producer
Candy Leung .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Lai 
Cinematography by
Charlie Lam (director of photography)
Kenny Tse (director of photography) (as Chung-to Tse)
Film Editing by
Ki-Hop Chan 
Production Design by
Alfred Yau 
Makeup Department
Yumiko Kuromiya .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Kei-Wing Nip .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Kwok-Leung Yu .... special effects
Kar Lok Chin .... action director
Wai-Fai Wong .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Hoi Yan Chan .... gaffer
Lau-fai Lo .... gaffer
Music Department
Petr Pololanik .... conductor
Petr Pololanik .... orchestra contractor
Other crew
Wai Lun Ng .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"For lung" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for strong bloody violence
106 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
HK Neo Reviews: Fire of Conscience, 29 July 2010
Author: ( from Australia

Dante Lam succeeds in delivering a character driven action picture, but fall flats on film pacing and storytelling...

To be honest, it took me a few attempts and weeks, before the film was able to keep my undivided attention to get pass the 20 minute mark. It is rare that I encounter a film that bores more in the beginning. Still, once the film hits the quarter time interval, it begins to discern into a tad more interesting. There is really nothing wrong with the film on a technical level and probably a joy to endure with a decent sound system. However, the film fails by a dragging storying that moves toward routine and boredom than excitement. Still one must be impressed with the numerous smash-buckling action sequences by Chin Kar Lok, especially in the fabulously staged form of the restaurant scene which never fails on the brutality scale. Credit must also be given to Lam for trying to develop almost everyone of its film characters, but at the end of the day, it just seems too much. It is a rare case for Hong Kong action cinema where it is character driven and unfortunately it is also the biggest flaw in the film.

Leon Lai attempts to don a Aaron Kwok style career intervention, but fails to show enough emotions to cultivate what is a very complicated role. Unfortunately, Lai is no Kwok and his inability to shred off his wooden face effectively disables any heartfelt emotions from the audience. Contrastingly, Richie Ren shines in his role as the corrupt cop. Ren chews his scenes with a menacing confidence and in the end; he is far more human than the wooden figure of Leon. While not exactly award winning, but a nomination or some sort is not out of question. As usual Liu Kai Chi does a fine turn in yet another supporting cop role and the scene where he encounters Leon about his possible involvement of the prostitute death is a brain explosion of a joy to watch. The much loved Vivian Hsu makes a flower glass appearance and Michelle Yip adds some female testosterone to the proceedings.

All in all, Fire of Conscience is a fine example when a film works well on a technical level, beautiful to look at and even wonderful to watch, but falls to the ground when it comes to uneven pacing and slow storytelling. It is a shame as Dante Lam's Beast Stalker looks like a return to form and while Fire of Conscience isn't a bad film by all means, with the cast and crew on hand, one just expected a little more. A distant film that entertains in parts...(Neo 2010)

I rate it 6.5/10


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