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Prison on Fire (1987)

Gam yuk fung wan (original title)
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Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director:

Ringo Lam

Writer:

Yin Nam
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... 41671 / Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat)
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Lo Ka Yiu / 51910
Ka-Kui Ho ... Micky
Roy Cheung ... Officer 'Scarface' Hung
Victor Hon Victor Hon ... Chiu Chow Man
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ... Blind Snake
Kwong Leung Wong ... Bill
Man-Gwan Wong ... Mimi
Joseph Chi ... Billy (as Joe Chu)
Fui-On Shing ... Madly
Ming Leung ... Yiu's Father
Shui-Jan Fung Shui-Jan Fung ... Ching's Mother
Yuen-Tat Chan Yuen-Tat Chan ... Kau Suk
Shu-Kei Law Shu-Kei Law ... Prison Warden
Yin Nam Yin Nam ... Prisoner's Head
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An explosive crime-drama that caused a sensation upon its release. Audiences gasped for breath from the bloodshed and violence, yet were deeply moved by the fraternal bond between the two leading characters. Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung are riveting as the inmates who get involved with the intracacies of the prision system. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison Turbulence See more »

Filming Locations:

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

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Cinema City See more »
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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41671: Be tolerant - you gain peace and calm. Be humble - you reach new horizon.
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It escalates... it builds...
15 August 2018 | by ultimatenexusSee all my reviews

...and soon enough, like any situation where the pressure does nothing but build, it'll explode.

Chow Yun-Fat plays Chung Tin Ching, a prisoner on a manslaughter charge, who befriends a harmless, naive twig of a man named Yiu, also on a manslaughter term. At first, he's a nuisance, but as he sees just how useless Yiu is in his situation, he can't help but step in when Yiu's blunders aggravates the wrong people. Friendship blossoms, and then the two of them must fend for themselves and each other against the cruel warden, Officer Hung, and Hung's obnoxious rat. The situation intensifies... it escalates... and when it finally explodes, it is intense, emotional, and effective.

I've seen six of Ringo Lam's films now, the other four being Prison on Fire II (right after I saw this one), City on Fire, Full Contact, and two of his Van Damme vehicles, and Prison on Fire is definitely the second-best film I've seen from him so far. It's nothing original, and the villains are a little cartoonish at times, but for the most part, it's a great movie, and definitely among the best of Chow and Lam.


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