Prison on Fire

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Prison on Fire
Directed by Ringo Lam
Produced by Karl Maka
Catherine S.K. Chang
Written by Nam Yin
Starring Chow Yun-fat
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Roy Cheung
Music by Lowell Lo
Cinematography Lau Hung-chuen
Joe Chan Kwong-hung
Wong Man-wan
Jingle Ma
Cho Wai-kei
Cinema City Cinematographers Unit
Edited by Cinema City Production Co. Ltd. Editing Unit
Distributed by Cinema City Film Co. Ltd.
Release dates
13 November 1987
Running time
98 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Prison on Fire (Chinese: 監獄風雲; pinyin: Jiān yù fēng yún; Cantonese Yale: Gaam yuk fung wan) is a 1987 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam and starring Chow Yun-fat, Roy Cheung and Tony Leung Ka-Fai. The film was followed by a sequel in the 1991's Prison on Fire II.


The plot mostly involves the two main characters, Ching and Yiu and problems they face with Mickey, a fellow inmate and "Killer", a prison guard. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he pushed a man onto the path of a bus. Ching was sent to prison for killing his wife for being a prostitute. During the end of the film, inmates decide to go on hunger strike to protest against the cigarette price rise, this causes problems with Assassin. Ching bit Killer's ear off and gets an extended sentence, continued on Prison on Fire II, Yiu is released later on.


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