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City on Fire (Long hu feng yun) (1987)

  Directed by: Ringo Lam
Written by: Ringo Lam, Tommy Sham
Starring: Roy Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng, Yueh Sun
Links: City on Fire on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

City on Fire (Long hu feng yun) (1987) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of A Moment of Romance (1990).

""Have you ever died before?"" - a review by timchuma

An undercover cop is killed during an operation and his superior, Uncle Lau, investigates. This leads to him sending a group of his men to try and get a former undercover cop, Ko Chow (Yun-Fat Chow) onto the case (without much success).

In the meantime, there is a daring raid on a jewellery store that leads to the deaths of at least two police officers, and much chaos.

Ko reluctantly agrees to go undercover to try and infiltrate the gang. Not helping matters is his girlfriend who is fed up with him and wants to leave. He springs a surprise on her though, which leads to a classic line: "What! Are you going to propose to me in a toilet?"

Ko manages to make contact with the gang but he is being trailed by the C.I.D. who are being led by a nasty police sargeant (Roy Cheung - the evil warder from Prison on Fire (1987)), who is Uncle Lau's superior even though he is younger.

The gang wants Ko to get weapons for them, to which Lau reluctantly agrees so the police know how many firearms they have. As they are hard-as-nails not-afraid-of-anything criminals, Ko brings the gang their weapons in a graveyard at midnight.

The gang is pleased with his work, but they also want more guns. Lau is dead against this, but finally agrees as it will help the case.

By this stage, the C.I.D. are right on Ko's tail and even Lau can't get them to back off. Ko only just manages to complete the second gun shipment when he is caught and roughed up by the other police and the nasty sargeant. Lau flips and tries to kill the nasty dude.

The upshot of all this is that Ko is forced to go with the gang on a big job they are planning so the police can catch all of them...

A very solid crime/police drama that will please fans of Yun-Fat Chow and the genre. Quentin Tarantino obviously watched this film a lot during his job at the video store. I know that it goes both ways though, as many Hong Kong movies have been inspired by Hollywood ones.

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Nov 2004

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