Island of Fire

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Island of Fire
Island-of-Fire-poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Chu Yen-ping
Produced by Jimmy Wang Yu
Ko Chun-hsiung
Written by Lee Fu
Yip Wan-Chiu
Starring Jackie Chan
Andy Lau
Sammo Hung
Tony Leung
Music by Fu Lap
Eckart Seeber
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
  • 28 March 1990 (1990-03-28)
Running time 96 min.
Country Taiwan
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Island of Fire (Chinese: 火燒島) is a 1990 Hong Kong action film directed by Chu Yen-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Sammo Hung, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Barry Wong. It was shot in Taiwan and the Philippines.[1]

As with both of those earlier films [clarification needed], recent DVD and VHS releases market Island of Fire & Jackie Chan Is the Prisoner as a Jackie Chan film, displaying a Jackie Chan image on the cover as though the lead actor. In fact, Chan and only appears in a supporting role, with Tony Leung Ka-Fai as the central character.

After appearing with Chan in Killer Meteors in 1976, the film's producer and co-star, Jimmy Wang Yu, came to Chan's aid when the then young actor sought his help in settling a dispute with veteran director, Lo Wei. Chan repaid the favour by playing roles in Wang's films, which included this film as well as the 1982 film Fantasy Mission Force.

Synopsis[edit]

A police officer (Tony Leung Ka-fai) goes undercover in a prison, hoping to determine how the fingerprints of a recently killed felon could belong to a con who had been executed three months before. While inside, he is tortured for getting involved in internal matters.

His fellow prisoners include Chan (who accidentally killed a card player while trying to raise money for an operation to save his girlfriend's life), Andy Lau (who has himself thrown in jail to exact revenge for his dead brother), Wang (a leader of the prisoners), and Sammo Hung (a compassionate but pathetic inmate who frequently escapes to visit his young son).

When Leung kills an especially corrupt guard and is sentenced to a firing squad, he learns that the "executed" convicts are actually used by the warden (Ko Chun-hsiung) as hitmen to assassinate untouchable criminals.

Cast[edit]

  • Jackie Chan as Da Chui / Lung (Hong Kong version) / Steve (US version)
  • Andy Lau as Iron Ball / Lau / Boss Lee
  • Sammo Hung as Fatty John Liu Hsi Chia
  • Tony Leung Ka-fai as Wei Wang / Andy / Andrew
  • Barry Wong as Inspector Wong
  • Jimmy Wang Yu as Kui / Lucas (as Wang Yu)
  • Ko Chun-hsiung as Prison Chief / Prison Superintendent
  • Tou Chung-hwa as Chiu / Charlie (as Tao Chung Hwa)
  • Jack Kao as Ho Lin
  • Ken Lo as Bodyguard
  • Rocky Lai as Iron Ball's thug / Prisoner
  • Chin Ho as Iron Ball's assistant
  • Teddy Yip Wing-cho as Prisoner
  • Wang An
  • Yen Ru-chen
  • Kao Ming
  • Kang Ho
  • Fang Jing
  • Yuen Yi
  • Wai Hung-ho
  • Tou Hu
  • Wang Yao
  • Bang Yu
  • Chien Tsao

Versions[edit]

There are three different versions of this film: a 93-minute Hong Kong version, a 96-minute American version was released by Columbia Tristar Home Video in 2000 and later by Lionsgate in 2011 and a 125-minute Taiwanese version which focuses more on character development and plot detail.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Island on Fire (Taiwan version)". Hong Kong Digital. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 

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