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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.


Ringo Lam


Yin Nam (script)
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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


A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight.

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20 August 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

School Turbulence See more »

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Cinema City See more »
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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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The Cinema of Ringo Lam
30 September 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

School On Fire(1988) is a dark, brutal and shocking film from Hong Kong's "docu-drama" director Ringo Lam. This film was meant to be damning expose of the Hong Kong school system and what the future consequences might be if it doesn't get it's act straight. But the censor board whittled away most of the school scenes and kept most of the violent and exploitive subject matter. Even though the film was heavily cut, it's impact is strong. Ching-Ying Lam (MR. Vampire) and Leung Kwong Wong (Ringo Lam regular) play cops that try to topple a local triad boss Roy Cheung (another Ringo Lam regular) with the help of a victimized school girl (Fennie Yuen) and 70's H.K. kung-fu star Damian Lau co-stars as a teacher with morals who risks his job and life to defend his students from the triads and themselves. The direction and style is raw and gritty, it fits perfectly with the subject matter. You can find Ringo Lam's trademark bloody,bone crunching fights and action set pieces along with the usual fine performances from all of the actors. It's a truly depressing and heart wrenching film.

This movie is hard to find. I strongly recommend it and the other "on Fire" films.

Highly Recommended

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