Prison on Fire: Life Sentence
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Edmund Yuen.


Of all the B&S Film Workshop franchises, the PRISON ON FIRE films are consistently the best. This one is about a man who gets life in prison because he stood up to the small time hoods who were threatening his father's small fast food shop. They pay protection fees, the shop is smashed anyway, and a cycle of brutal violence escalates out of control. The crooks are such complete bastards that the only way you feel any ease when watching the picture is because you know the good guy winds up with a prison sentence that could only have resulted from a good killing. Still, there's only so much tragedy I can take, and the movie outstays its welcome by a good twenty minutes. Shot on digital video.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on September 18, 2004.


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