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City on Fire [DVD] [Canadian]

  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When an undercover cop is killed, Chow (Chow Yun-Fat) is recruited by Inspector Lau (Sun Yueh) to take his place trying to infiltrate a gang of thieves. But Chow had previously done undercover work and had developed an emotional bond with the men he then later had to betray--and he is afraid it could happen again. The loyalty of the younger cop to the older man will be tested against the bonds he must form with the criminals in order to be trusted by them. This theme of the similarities between cops and criminals is a staple of the heroic bloodshed branch of Hong Kong cinema. Chow befriends Fu (Danny Lee) by posing as a man who can supply the guns needed for a jewelry heist. Director Ringo Lam stages his action and street scenes with a high degree of realism. The characters' movements are erratic and the violence is brutal and unstylized, with everything unfolding in believable chaos. Released at the same time as A BETTER TOMORROW, it made Chow Yun-Fat a Hong Kong star. This Hong Kong classic formed the basis for Quentin Tarantino's later RESERVOIR DOGS.
  • Credits
    Yun-Fat Chow, Chow Yun Fat, Yun Fat Chow, Chow Yun Fat, Amon Chow, Chow Yuen Fat, Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng, Roy Cheung, Lau Kong, Wu Ma, Wuma Feng, Ma Wu, Ma Ng
  • Critic Reviews
    "Lam draws fine performances from his cast, and certainly knows how to shoot an action sequence."

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