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Lifeline (Shi wan huo ji) (1997)

  Directed by: Johnny To
Written by: Nai-Hoi Yau
Starring: Alex Fong, Ching Wan Lau, Damian Lau, Carman Lee, Ruby Wong
Links: Lifeline on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Cool Firemen / women?!?" - a review by timchuma

TWS station has a bad reputation in the fire department for having the most accidents out of the whole Hong Kong Fire Service, and one such incident sees the entire firefighting team reporting to the hospital with food poisoning from bad cafeteria food.

It's not so funny however, when the chief has an accident while in a lift shaft at a construction site and is rushed to the hospital. Being a good team, the entire firefighting force rush to his bedside and are told to get out of the way by the nurses and to 'let the doctors do their job' by their chief.

Further adventures await, such as the woman threatening to commit suicide, who is saved by the new chief, much to the amusement of the station staff, a rescue for a budgie and a baby (not in the same fire).

I'll leave the rest to you, but I will say that the conclusion is one of the best final sequences I've seen in a film for a long time (it's up there with The Towering Inferno (1974) or the more recent Backdraft (1991)).

This is one of the better films I've seen in a while, however probably the only thing I didn't like is the annoying little kid. Mark disagrees with me on this, but she couldn't be more annoying if she had skipped around and sang "Go to the one-stop lighting shop!"

That aside, I think most people who like action/drama type movies would like this film very much.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 14 Jan 2005

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