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Prison on Fire (Gaam yuk fung wan) (1987)

  Directed by: Ringo Lam
Written by: Yin Nam
Starring: Roy Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Ka-Kui Ho, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Kwong Leung Wong
Links: Prison on Fire on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Prison on Fire (Gaam yuk fung wan) (1987) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Chinese Midnight Express 2 (1999) and timchuma's review of City on Fire (1987).

"A classic prison story" - a review by timchuma

I have seen this movie heaps of times on SBS TV so I won't go into the plot that much. The storyline is fairly familiar to most moviegoers about a new inmate who is taken under the wing of an older inmate so he won't get beaten up as much (sort of like The Shawshank Redemption (1994)).

What makes this movie special are the characters and the performances from Yun-Fat Chow and especially the prison warden "Scarface" (Roy Cheung) who really evils it up.

My favourite parts in this movie are when the two first talk to each other in the hospital toilet and the punishment they are given by the warden for trying to show him up (cleaning out the septic tank) - seeing Yun-Fat Chow with smokes up his nose is a crack-up.

For those that are interested, there is a sequel (Prison on Fire II (1991)), but it isn't as good. I would also recommend Chinese Midnight Express 2 (1999) if you want something more realistic.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 3 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. WHATS WITH YOUR CRAPPY MICRO REVIEWS. YOU ARE THE WORST REVIEWER ON THIS SITE. YOUR REVIEWS SHOW AN OBVIOUS LACK OF INTELLIGENCE AND UNDERSTANDING.

    A comment from Reader on Thu 03 Feb 2005 19:26 #

  2. Stop spamming the comments you clown.

    A comment from nofreelist's own timchuma on Fri 04 Feb 2005 11:18 #

  3. Is this about me?

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Bert Newton (http://ten.com.au) on Fri 04 Feb 2005 11:57 #

  4. Good story.

    Rating given: 3

    A comment from D. Apelt on Fri 04 Feb 2005 21:22 #

  5. I liked this film. I like Chow Yun-Fat, he's great actor.

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from Zlatka on Tue 07 Jun 2005 21:08 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 4.33 (3 ratings)

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