Island of Fire(1990)

Island of Fire(1990)

Island of Fire (火烧岛) is a 1990 Hong Kong film directed by Chu Yen-ping, 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, recent DVD and VHS releases market Island of Fire as a Jackie Chan film, displaying Jackie Chan image on the cover as though the lead actor. In fact, Chan and Lau 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

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.

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