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School on Fire (1988)

Hok hau fung wan (original title)
A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight.

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Ringo Lam

Writer:

Yin Nam (script)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fennie Yuen ... Chu Yuen-Fong
Roy Cheung ... Brother Smart
Damian Lau ... Wan
Lai-Yui Lee Lai-Yui Lee ... Kwok Siu-Chun (as Sarah Lee)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Hoi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan
Lap Ban Chan
Yuen-Tat Chan Yuen-Tat Chan
Wengui Chen Wengui Chen ... (as Man-Kwai Chan)
Lei Cheng
Joseph Chi ... (as Joe Chu)
Wing-Wai Chin
Shui-Wah Fok
Rita Fung Rita Fung
Ka-Kui Ho ... Brother Happy
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A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

20 August 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

School Turbulence See more »

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Production Co:

Cinema City See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Tai Seng Video, which was dubbed in Mandarin, pan and scan so you can't really read the subtitles, freeze-frames for about 2 seconds at the end, when Roy Cheung (Brother Smart) falls to his death. See more »

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One of the best Ringo Lam directed movie
21 January 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

What's striking about this film is its vividness. It still looks fresh after 25 years since it was made.

For outsiders who've never lived in Hong Kong, it's not clear how much of the school system depicted in this movie is true, but it seems that shortage of good teachers are universal fact even in Hong Kong. Kids have to fend for themselves in a crappy system when they get into trouble.

The movie features the then emerging talent pool of young actors, and this is one of the best movie Fennie Yuen starred in. She carries the story convincingly, and keeps the quality of the movie high.

Late '80s was when the quality of Hong Kong cinema skyrocketed. Movies like this were the chief contributors. It's shot beautifully, and directed superbly. Story is also compelling in the way it's told.

This is one of the best movie to come out in the late '80s from Hong Kong, and is recommended for viewing.


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