Island of Fire
|Island of Fire|
|Directed by||Chu Yen-ping|
|Produced by||Jimmy Wang Yu
|Written by||Lee Fu
|Music by||Fu Lap
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest|
|Running time||96 min.|
Island of Fire (Chinese: 火燒島) is a 1990 Hong Kong action film directed by Chu Yen-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Barry Wong. It was shot in Taiwan and the Philippines.
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 Lau only appear in supporting roles, 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.
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 Tak-wah (who has himself thrown in jail to exact revenge for his dead brother), Wang (a leader of the prisoners), and Sammo Hung Kam-po (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 (Ke Chuen-hsiang) as hitmen to assassinate untouchable criminals.
- Jackie Chan as Da Chui / Lung (Hong Kong version) / Steve (US version)
- Sammo Hung as Fatty John Liu Hsi Chia
- Andy Lau as Iron Ball / Lau / Boss Lee
- Tony Leung Ka-fai as Wei Wang / Andy / Andrew
- Barry Wong as Inspector Wong
- Jimmy Wang Yu as Kui / Lucas (as Wang Yu)
- Chun Hsiang-ko as Prison Chief / Prison Superintendent
- Chung Hua-tou 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
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.
- Andy Lau filmography
- Jackie Chan filmography
- List of Hong Kong films
- List of Taiwanese films
- Sammo Hung filmography
- "Island on Fire (Taiwan version)". Hong Kong Digital. Retrieved 2007-10-05.