Full Throttle (film)

Full Throttle

Film poster
Traditional 烈火戰車
Simplified 烈火战车
Mandarin Liè Huǒ Zhàn Chē
Cantonese Lit4 Fo2 Zin3 Ce1
Directed by Derek Yee
Produced by Alexander Chan
Screenplay by Derek Yee
Law Chi-leung
Starring Andy Lau
Gigi Leung
Music by Frankie Chan
Richard Yuen
Roel A Garcia
Cinematography Jingle Ma
David Chung
Tony Cheung
Edited by Kwong Chi-leung
Distributed by China Star Entertainment
Release dates
14 December 1995 (1995-12-14)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$33,770,736

Full Throttle (烈火戰車) is a 1995 Hong Kong action drama film directed by Derek Yee and starring Andy Lau.


Joe (Andy Lau) is a youth that loves auto racing. His father Paul (Paul Chun) operates a motorbike business which often organizes motorbike teams to race in Macau and Japan and his racers would often be awarded the crown bike. However, Joe has been rumored to be the best among the racers because every crown bike is always defeated in hands of Joe on the streets. Since Joe's license has been revoked for speeding at the age of 19, he is unable to participate in an official race and can only secretly race in the streets to fulfill his desire of racing on the roads. Joe's father is very irritated about this and views his son as an outlaw biker so he prohibits his racers to race with Joe which sours their father and son relationship. Joe owns an auto repair shop with his friend Jimmy (Chin Ka-lok). Joe's girlfriend Annie (Gigi Leung) is very gentle and kind but she always worries about her boyfriend racing.

David (David Wu) is a youth racer returning from England and hits it off with Joe. Seven years later, Joe readmits his license, ready to show his talents in a race in Macau, but is unable to obtain a racing license which leads him to think that his father is playing some dirty tricks. Retired racer Lo Kwai (Elvis Tsui) advises Joe to reconcile with his father to get a better chance to race. But as usual, once the father and son meet, they argue and his father give the place of the final racer to David. Paul's racers have always been dissatisfied with Joe but races with him. In the process, Joe becomes injured in the accident and lands in a coma for 10 days. Fortunately, under Annie's care, Joe's condition improves but he ultimately misses the race in Macau as he hopelessly watches David become the champion.

After the accident, Joe develops a fear of racing, and is afraid that he can no longer race in the future. Annie is happy about this and persuades him to give up racing and concentrate on operating his repair shop. However, other bikers are waiting for Joe to defeat Macau champion David on the streets but Joe has yet to take action. Rumors spread that Joe is scared and can no longer race. Jimmy is extremely indignant about this and challenges David himself. Unfortunately, Jimmy gets into an accident and dies from his injuries.

Jimmy's death leads Joe to become even more determined to overcome his fear and get his confidence back. Because of Joe's decision to officially challenge David, Anne becomes heartbroken and decides to leave him. Joe arranges to race with David in the mountains, hoping to find the pleasurable feeling of racing again. After a few laps, Joe stops to avoid crushing an empty can that an old lady is about to pick up. The old lady speaks a few words to Joe which wake him up to what he is doing and he decides to give up racing and chases after Annie.

Cast and roles

Theme song

Box office

The film grossed a strong HK$33,770,736 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 14 December 1995 to 24 January 1996 in Hong Kong.

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
15th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Full Throttle Nominated
Best Director Derek Yee Nominated
Best Screenplay Derek Yee, Law Chi-leung Nominated
Best Actor Andy Lau Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Chin Ka-lok Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Ha Ping Nominated
Best New Performer Gigi Leung Nominated
Best Action Choreography Bruce Law Nominated
Best Editing Kwong Chi-leung Won
Best Original Film Song Song: The Affectionate Sentence (情深的一句)

Composer: Eric Chen
Lyricist/Singer: Andy Lau

37th Golden Horse Awards Best Audiovisual Technology Full Throttle Nominated
2nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Best Director Derek Yee Won
Film of Merit Full Throttle Won
1st Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Supporting Actor Chin Ka-lok Won
Top Ten Chinese-language Films of the Year Full Throttle Won
5th Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild Best Screenplay Derek Yee, Law Chi-leung Won
8th Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Most Outstanding Director Derek Yee Won
Most Recommended Film Full Throttle Won

See also

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