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Prison on Fire

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 2 Europe+ (info)
  • PRISON ON FIRE follows the fairly standard formula of the new prisoner being thrown into the violent world of prison life. Tony Leung, the star of Wong Kar-Wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, plays Lo Ka Yiu, a typical middle class Hong Kong shop owner who accidentally kills a street punk during an attempted robbery. He is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. The prison is run by corrupt, sadistic warden Scarface (Roy Cheung), who pits the Hong Kong prisoners against the prisoners from the mainland. Although their accent differences are somewhat lost on American ears, they are as different to the Chinese as Italian and Irish gangsters' accents would be in an American crime film. Yiu is befriended by Ching (Chow Yun-Fat), a wisecracking inmate who knows just how much to taunt the guards. But he becomes the enemy of Mick (Nam Yin), and the two of them have a wild, bloody, and soapy fight in the laundry room. Yin is also the author of the script. While there are no wild car chases ending in flaming explosions (the usual fare of director Ringo Lam in such films as CITY ON FIRE, which also starred Chow Yun-Fat), this tense, claustrophobic prison drama is well acted and realistically frightening.
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  • Credits
    Yun-Fat Chow, Chow Yun, Fat, Yun, Fat Chow, Chow, Yun Fat, Amon Chow, Chow Yuen, Fat, Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung, Ka, Fai, Tony Leung, Kar, Fai, Tony, Leung Kar, Fai
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