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City on Fire 1987 123movies

City on Fire 1987 123movies

He Thought He Knew the Risks of Going Undercover.Feb. 13, 1987105 Min.
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Watch: 龍虎風雲 1987 123movies, Full Movie Online – Ko Chow is about to resign from the police force when he is asked to take on one more case. He is to go undercover in a gang that is robbing jewellery stores. He accepts the task and successfully infiltrates the gang. It is a very dangerous mission, not just because the gang might discover his true identity but because many of the police suspect he may well be a criminal..
Plot: Ko Chow is an undercover cop who is under pressure from all sides. His boss, Inspector Lau, wants him to infiltrate a gang of ruthless jewel thieves; his girlfriend wants him to commit to marriage or she will leave Hong Kong with another lover; and he is being pursued by other cops who are unaware that he is a colleague. Chow would rather quit the force, feeling guilty about betraying gang members who have become his friends.
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Ringo Lam’s on Fire trilogy:Part 1-The City.
Even before the superb Final Contact (1992-also reviewed) was the first title I viewed by him,I was well aware of Ringo Lam,thanks to how he had inspired QT. Wanting to end my week “Auteurs in ’87” run on a strong note, and having heard about the trilogy for years,I got set for Lam to light my fire.

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Building on the skill he had displayed in his co-directing debut Esprit D’amour, (1983-also reviewed)and given a free hand by producer Karl Mak to do whatever project he wanted, co-writer/(with Sai-Shing Shum) directing auteur Ringo Lam becomes one of the leading figures of the Heroic Bloodshed sub-genre,with a blistering entry. Continuing to expand on the Jazzy Blues score of D’amour with a vibrant Neo-Noir score from Teddy Robin Kwan, Lam takes debuting cinematographer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung onto the streets of Hong Kong in guerrilla filming style, (a recurring filming technique for Lam) that fires off a rough & tumble sawn-off shotgun atmosphere of Lam’s long tracking shots, (which catch the odd side mirror of cars Lam’s secretly filming in!) being welded to Heroic Bloodshed slow-motion parting shots, and whip-pans darting towards each thief clearing out their part of shop in the robberies.

Displaying his eye for Neo-Noir for the first time, Lam brings a depth fatal heroism to the bloodshed, dressing Chow in ultra-stylised black and white low-lighting, (lined between his loyalty with the cops,and loyalty to the gang leader) and closely-held two-shots pushing the nervous cops to the very outskirts of the frame/the law. Far more than just being the original Reservoir Dogs, the screenplay by Lam & Sai-Shing Shum holds Chow’s feet to the fire as a absolute Noir loner, who must pick at the grey to make his isolating moral choices (a regular theme of Lam’s credits.)

Gaining the trust of the gang by a tagged handing over of weapons, the writers take a excellent slow-burn approach to the handing over Chow makes not only of weapons, but loyalty, via new, young hip cop John Chan shoving the steady hands of Inspector Lau away from guiding Chow in the case, leaving Chow open to gaining a closer look at the traditional hand of loyalty lead gangster Fu places on his fellow thieves.

Getting his fingers burnt,Yueh Sun gives a tense, worn down to the bones turn as Lau, whilst Danny Lee brilliantly carries Fu with the confidence of knowing he is the toughest in the room, but aware of times he needs to show his hand. The first in his long collaboration with Lam, Chow Yun-Fat gives a mesmerising performance as Chow, drilling down on Chow’s early swagger to a bloodstained, morally blurred wreak,who leaves the city on fire.

Review By: morrison-dylan-fan

Other Information:

Original Title 龍虎風雲
Release Date 1987-02-13
Release Year 1987

Original Language cn
Runtime 1 hr 45 min (105 min), 1 hr 41 min (101 min) (UK), 1 hr 41 min (101 min) (USA)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Action, Adventure, Crime
Director Ringo Lam
Writer Ringo Lam, Sai-Shing Shum
Actors Chow Yun-Fat, Yueh Sun, Danny Lee
Country Hong Kong
Awards 2 wins & 9 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

City on Fire 1987 123movies
Original title 龍虎風雲
TMDb Rating 7.163 101 votes

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