Prison on Fire

1987

Prison on Fire

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The Hong Kong-filmed Prison on Fire stars Tony Leung Kar-Fai as an ad-agency designer. After accidentally committing murder, Leung Kar-Fai is carted off to prison, where he befriends convicted wife-killer Chow Yun Fat. The older Yun Fat becomes Leung Kar-Fai's mentor and severest critic, but while Leung Kar-Fai benefits from his advice, Yun Fat ends up the "loser" in the scheme of things. It is likely that Prison on Fire might not have gotten American play without the presence of Chow Yun Fat, a star name by virtue of his many appearances in the films of director John Woo. Had US viewers been denied an opportunity to see the film, it would have been a shame; the picture stands up on its own merits, and would do so despite the box-office clout of its leading actor.

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Critic Reviews for Prison on Fire

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Audience Reviews for Prison on Fire

  • Sep 03, 2011
    One of the signature movies of Hong Kong cinema from the 80s, Ringo Lam's precise direction hooks you from the very beginning. Good pacing and a great cast. There are no impossible escapes here, this is a story of loyalty and brotherhood. Essential view.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2011
    A lot of people are scared of getting killed, but for a while it seems the main dangers are explosions of chaotic fights and police brutality, allowing for Chow Yun Fat to use comic relief. Then, you realize that people's backs can be slammed against any hard-cornered thing in sight and it makes hand-to-hand fighting seem unromantic. Great camera angles and editing around men in file.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2008
    Great Hong Kong action film.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2007
    Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung's best ever as they portrait prisoners trying to fight with every single tough situation within the cells. the climax of the film is one unforgetable memory.
    Jojo S Super Reviewer

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