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
Sammo Hung
Andy Lau
Tony Leung
Music by Fu Lap
Eckart Seeber
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date(s)
  • 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, Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, 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 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.

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 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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

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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