Prison on Fire

Prison on Fire

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Traditional 監獄風雲
Simplified 监狱风云
Mandarin Jiān Yù Fēng Yún
Cantonese Gaam1 Juk6 Fung1 Wan4
Directed by Ringo Lam
Produced by Karl Maka
Catherine S.K. Chang
Written by Nam Yin
Starring Chow Yun-fat
Tony Leung Ka-fai
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 & Films Co.
Release dates
13 November 1987 (1987-11-13)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Prison on Fire is a 1987 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam and starring Chow Yun-fat 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 "Scarface", a high-ranking officer. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he kicked 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 "Scarface"'s ear off and gets an extended sentence, Yiu is released from the prison.



Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
7th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Ringo Lam Nominated
Best Screenplay Nam Yin Nominated
Best Actor Chow Yun-fat Nominated
Best Supporting Actor William Ho Nominated
Roy Cheung Nominated
Best New Performer Tommy Wong Nominated
Best Original Film Score Lowell Lo Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: Full of Hope (充滿希望)

Composer: Lowell Lo
Lyricist: John Chong
Singer: Maria Cordero


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