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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

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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Quotes

41671: Be tolerant - you gain peace and calm. Be humble - you reach new horizon.
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Connections

Spoofed in Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er (1988) See more »

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Full of Hope
Performed by Maria Codero"
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Fairly entertaining, needed stronger story
3 March 2019 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Prison on Fire" is one of the trilogy of violent films made by Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam, the others being "School on Fire" and "City on Fire". As with "City", "Prison" also stars Chow Yun-Fat.

Chow plays a character similar to the one he played in "City", kind of a charismatic goofball. His wisecracking presence is counteracted by another actor who plays a serious inmate, a guy I don't recognize who is very handsome and wears glasses.

The movie is about the two men adjusting to prison life.

The two men bond when Glasses discovers Chow's sensitive side.

The movie is fairly violent, though ironically, not more than "School on Fire". Most of the violence looks like slapstick. The violent individuals act like they're on speed, shaking and spasming around, and their punches and kicks are clearly not very hard. It reminds me of when I was in drama class at high school, and all anyone wanted to do was pretend to beat each other up.

The movie has two separate scenes where someone is hit over the head with a billy club, and instead of collapsing backwards from the force of the blow, they stay stock still, and blood runs down their face.

"Prison on Fire" is pretty good, but would have benefited from a stronger narrative. I assume one of the guards was crooked (aren't they always?) and there seemed to be something going on with Chow's character sacrificing himself for the bespectacled guy, but I didn't really understand it.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

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Cinema City See more »
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