Prison on Fire Reviews

  • Apr 19, 2017

    Thrillingly funny and iconic

    Thrillingly funny and iconic

  • Jun 29, 2014

    Idunno, it was pretty good but Shawshank it ain't. Pretty brutal watch at times - not much levity or entertainment value, but I can't say anything's wrong with it. Maybe I wished for better action coming from Ringo Lam. It's just a drama, and as far as asian drama's heights can reach, this wasn't all that. But I was genuinely interested how it would turn out at the climax.

    Idunno, it was pretty good but Shawshank it ain't. Pretty brutal watch at times - not much levity or entertainment value, but I can't say anything's wrong with it. Maybe I wished for better action coming from Ringo Lam. It's just a drama, and as far as asian drama's heights can reach, this wasn't all that. But I was genuinely interested how it would turn out at the climax.

  • Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Apr 21, 2011

    Exciting action with lots of hope.

    Exciting action with lots of hope.

  • Adam M 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.

    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.

  • Mar 09, 2011

    Anche se ancora non ho capito perchè litigano

    Anche se ancora non ho capito perchè litigano

  • Feb 18, 2011

    One of Chow Yun Fat's best. You can watch this over and over again and it never gets old...

    One of Chow Yun Fat's best. You can watch this over and over again and it never gets old...

  • Sep 07, 2010

    Easily one of the most brutal prison flicks out there. After killing a ruffian who assaulted his father by accident, Lo Ka Yiu is sent to prison. Full of nasty types, Yiu looks like a fresh fish. But Chung is a jokester who befriends him and keeps him alive for the three year sentence, amongst rivalries and a nasty prison guard named Hung. The brutality comes into play in the final climax, which is full of such negative emotion and rawness. After being beaten by the inmates, Chung fights the snitch who has been causing him trouble the whole movie, and then Hung comes in to try and beat him some more. What happens is a shocking and gritty end. A gritty and raw prison thriller, Prison on Fire showcases the acting talent of Chow Yun Fat to the maximum.

    Easily one of the most brutal prison flicks out there. After killing a ruffian who assaulted his father by accident, Lo Ka Yiu is sent to prison. Full of nasty types, Yiu looks like a fresh fish. But Chung is a jokester who befriends him and keeps him alive for the three year sentence, amongst rivalries and a nasty prison guard named Hung. The brutality comes into play in the final climax, which is full of such negative emotion and rawness. After being beaten by the inmates, Chung fights the snitch who has been causing him trouble the whole movie, and then Hung comes in to try and beat him some more. What happens is a shocking and gritty end. A gritty and raw prison thriller, Prison on Fire showcases the acting talent of Chow Yun Fat to the maximum.

  • Jun 27, 2010

    Une sacrée chronique carcérale, à la fois drôle, sensible, violente et intense. Un beau récit d'amitié orchestré par Ringo Lam avec une efficacité hors norme. Et puis revoir LE Chow Yun Fat de la grande époque ça fait vraiment plaisir.

    Une sacrée chronique carcérale, à la fois drôle, sensible, violente et intense. Un beau récit d'amitié orchestré par Ringo Lam avec une efficacité hors norme. Et puis revoir LE Chow Yun Fat de la grande époque ça fait vraiment plaisir.

  • Jun 24, 2010

    Ich komme immer mehr zu der Überzeugung, dass unter den bedeutenden Regisseuren der Hongkonger New Wave Ringo Lam der substanziellste ist. Im Grunde müsste man ihn wohl als einen Sozialrealisten im Exploitationkino betrachten. PRISON ON FIRE nun gehört nicht unbedingt zu seinen stärksten Filmen, was auch an widrigen Produktionsumständen gelegen haben mag. Trotzdem ist es beeindruckend, welch starke Affekte er im Finale noch aus seinen eher flachen Figuren herauszuholen versteht.

    Ich komme immer mehr zu der Überzeugung, dass unter den bedeutenden Regisseuren der Hongkonger New Wave Ringo Lam der substanziellste ist. Im Grunde müsste man ihn wohl als einen Sozialrealisten im Exploitationkino betrachten. PRISON ON FIRE nun gehört nicht unbedingt zu seinen stärksten Filmen, was auch an widrigen Produktionsumständen gelegen haben mag. Trotzdem ist es beeindruckend, welch starke Affekte er im Finale noch aus seinen eher flachen Figuren herauszuholen versteht.