Friday, March 9, 2012

City On Fire - 龍虎風雲

City On Fire (龍虎風雲) is an 1987 film out of Hong Kong. The movie stars Chow Yun-Fat, Carrie Ng, and Danny Lee. This film has been noted famously for introducing the Mexican standoff to Quentin Tarantino. This was Ringo Lam's creative starting period as he just got started as the director of films. Ringo would go on to be a acclaimed HK action director, even making a few Hollywood ones.

Chow plays an undercover agent named Ko. Ko wants out of the police force as he's really turned to the dark side. Ko's handler won't let him quit and wants him to help him nail some jewelry bandits before sending him off to the US. Ko gets in with Fu, played by Danny Lee. Carrie Ng plays Ko's finance and wants to get married and settled down ASAP. But Ko's got to get out of the undercover business. Ko helps his inspector out and there's a climatic standoff at the end of the film.

This movie was amazing for its face pace action, cheezy brotherhood machismo, and pretty gals in Carrie Ng. Chow plays against type as an undercover cop who's unsure of his duty and hesitancy to commit. Not a character to cheer on. But the conflict he faces as an in-betweener is evident when it comes to Ng and his brotherhood loyalties. A must watch for you 1980s HK action movie junkies. This is one of the classics.

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