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Dragon in Jail (1990)

Yuk chung lung (original title)
Henry, a juvenile delinquent, trying to escape life in the ghetto. After releasing from jail, he is bullied by a local tyrant, Charlie. His rich jail mate Wayne, who has become a famous lawyer, decides to help him out.

Director:

Kent Cheng

Writer:

Yin Nam
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Henry Tse
Kenny Ho ... Wayne (as Kar King Ho)
Gigi Lai ... Winnie Sung
Ka-Kui Ho ... Charlie Ma (as Kar Kui Ho)
Fong Lung ... C.K. Chong (as Jimmy Lee)
John Ching ... Skinny (as Tung Ching)
Victor Hon Victor Hon ... Henry's Father (as Kwan Hon)
Melvin Wong ... Prison Officer (as Kam-sun Wong)
Gei Shun Wai ... Wayne's Stepfather
Ho-Yan Wong Ho-Yan Wong ... Wayne's Mother (as Hoi Yan Wong)
Yin-Ming Lam Yin-Ming Lam ... Mandy
Billy Lam Billy Lam
Kwong-Chin Tsang Kwong-Chin Tsang
Chung Lam ... Sgt. Fung
Fui-On Shing ... Brother Bull (as Fook-On Shing)
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Henry, a juvenile delinquent, trying to escape life in the ghetto. After releasing from jail, he is bullied by a local tyrant, Charlie. His rich jail mate Wayne, who has become a famous lawyer, decides to help him out.

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Hong Chen Tian Shi
Performed by Andy Lau
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A phenomenal crime action movie...
3 July 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I happened to stumble upon "Dragon in Jail" (aka "Yuk chung lung") here in 2020. And oddly enough I hadn't even heard about it prior to happening to coming across it by sheer random luck.

Given my love and admiration of the Hong Kong cinema, of course I needed no persuasion to sit down and watch this 1990 movie from director Kent Cheng and writer Yin Nam. And with the likes of Andy Lau on the cast list, then it was just additional icing on the cake.

The storyline written by Yin Nam was actually very entertaining and enjoying. While there were lots of generic aspects to the movie for a movie of this type from the early 1990s, then "Dragon in Jail" actually managed to differentiate itself and stand out as a very memorable movie.

I will say that the movie was not off for an overwhelmingly impressive start within the prison, but the pacing of movie and the tone of the movie quickly changed for the better, and the movie went from mediocre to being great.

Needless to say that Andy Lau carried the movie phenomenally with his performance, and he really brought the movie to life on the screen. It was simply enjoyable to watch him in this movie. No wonder he is one of the biggest stars from the Hong Kong cinema.

"Dragon in Jail" is a wonderful mixture of action, drama and crime, and director Kent Cheng managed to bring it fruition on the screen quite well. As such, my rating of the movie lands on a well-deserved seven out of ten stars. I was genuinely and more than adequately entertained by the movie, and was surprised with how good it turned out to be.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 September 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Yu zhong long See more »

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Legend Films Company See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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