City on Fire

Synopsis: An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ringo Lam
Production: Tai Seng
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Boss, may I use the phone?

Over there!

Hello, Inspector Lau Ting Kwong please.

Yes, please!


What a coincidence!

Calling the police?

You must be kidding!

Hey, Chun, this is Wah...

What is it?

Don't move!

Reporting to the police?!

Go on, don't stand around.

Stand aside a bit, don't crowd up here.

Inspector Lau!

The dead man was Chan Kam Wah, alias Wah.

He had seven knife wounds,

died through loss of blood.

He was calling from a shop.

Suddenly three men attacked him.

We're now getting a report

from the shop keeper.

I told you, I couldn't see them.

Then how do you know

there were three of them?

It was chaos, how could I see clearly?

What were you doing then?

Packing things.

People were killing over there,

and you were packing

They killed, I packed,

no involvement.

What's wrong?

I believe what he said,

didn't see anything.

Here is all the on-site evidence.

Get a car, take them all back.

Sir, you're not getting me

into trouble?

Take all the things back.

Can't you let the dead be comfortable?

All right!

Fetch Ko Chow here for me!

Brother Chow!

Have you reserved a table?

Take away your hand,

unless you don't want it!

Don't you know

I have a friend over there?

Brother Chow!

Where is Hung?

Over there!

Chow, you don't want to make trouble?

This place is looked after

by brother Tsui, don't do

What are you talking about? Shut up!

Hung, for you,

I've decided to divorce my wife.

She just wants my money,

I don't care how much.

I just want to be with you,

promise me! Hung!

What do you mean? Ignoring me?

I've waited for two & a half hours

in Black Swan.

You should inform me

if you were not coming, Miss!

I want you to leave right away.

Are you blind?

Can't you see I'm talking to my wife?

Hey, who's your wife?

Even if you want to get back at me.

You shouldn't find such a guy!

Don't scold people here.

What if I do, does it hurt you?


Go to your Lily!

I didn't do anything

with Lily that night.

It's none of my business.

I've called her here to explain to you.

I've no interest.

Is it because I slept with others.

You do the same for revenge?

She did it with me

from head to foot, can you?

Ko Chow, wanna make trouble?

Happy? Go!

Your body itches?

I'll wait for you outside.

I don't want to see you tonight!

No problem!

Hey, Lily, why are you walking so fast?

Do you know Mr. Tsoh?

When Hung comes out,

you explain to her

Explain what?

Why did you call me

to your house that night?

I don't know!

If you need somebody to explain,

please ask Mr. Tsoh


Hey, Lily, you can't go!

Right, Ko Chow! Stand right there!

Hey, Lily, don't go!

None of my business,

he asked me to call you.

Stay right there!


Keep standing!

Don't move, keep standing.

You are now under arrest.

We've every reason

to believe you're in a case...

Let go of me...

Let's go!

Ko Chow!

Fool around with me?

Don't move!

Go eat sh*t!

What is it?

Hurting others won't cause death.

We're not arresting you

for hurting others.

We've reason to believe

you're involved in a murder case.

Come with us, go!

Nothing, take a seat!


Sir, don't pull too hard,

this hand is mine.


Sir, why did you bring me here?

Quit the bullshit!

We caught him in the Bar,

he even tried causing bodily harm.

Bring him in!


Uncle Kwong,

what kind of ajoke is this?

Every time I call you,

you never return the call.

No, how can I reach you?

Come here!

Do you know him?

He was Wah, when did he die?

Be serious!

Do you know his background?

He's a real bad one,

whoring and gambling,

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Ringo Lam

Ringo Lam Ling-Tung (simplified Chinese: 林岭东; traditional Chinese: 林嶺東; pinyin: Lín Lǐngdōng, Cantonese: Lam Ling-tung), is a Hong Kong film director, producer, and screenwriter. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Lam initially went to an acting school. After finding he preferred making films to acting, he went to Canada to study film. In 1983, he returned and began filming comedy films. After the commercial success of his film Aces Go Places IV, he was allowed to develop his own film. Lam directed City on Fire in 1987, which led him to winning his first Hong Kong Film Award, and has been extensively referenced as the fundamental inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's first film, Reservoir Dogs.Lam followed up City on Fire with other similar films that shared a dark view of Hong Kong society. Many of these films starred Chow Yun Fat. In 1996, Lam made his first American film, Maximum Risk starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Lam would continue working on film productions in both Hong Kong and two more American productions with Jean-Claude Van Damme until 2003. Lam's final directorial effort was directing one third of the portmanteau film Triangle along with Tsui Hark and Johnnie To. In 2014, it was announced that Lam was working on a new feature film. more…

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