Prison on Fire - Plaintive Destiny
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Yuen Chi-keung.


Lam Suet takes center stage as a man sent to prison for raping and killing his own daughter. But then, after being subjected to 'penis dragging' and various other abuses by the other inmates, he forces them to listen to his tragic tale or risk being stabbed to death by a toothbrush. Since he spells out how the story will end right away, "I killed her for revenge, but I didn't rape her," there isn't much suspense or surprise in the tale, told in flashbacks and making up the majority of the picture. It's fun to see Lam Suet star, although he isn't entirely up to the task. Another low budget shot-on-video production from B&S and director Yuen Chi-keung, who makes every film he does look like it was shot for a local Cable Access channel.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.


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