Run time: 101 mins
In Theaters: Friday 13th February 1987
Production compaines: Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), Astral Films, Famous Players Film Company
Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5
IMDB: 7.2 / 10
Director: Ringo Lam
Screenwriter: Tommy Sham
Starring: Barry Newman as Dr. Frank Whitman, Susan Clark as Diana Brockhurst-Lautrec, Shelley Winters as Nurse Andrea Harper, Leslie Nielsen as Mayor William Dudley, James Franciscus as Jimbo, Ava Gardner as Maggie Grayson, Henry Fonda as Fire Chief Albert Risley, Jonathan Welsh as Herman Stover, Hilary Farr as Mrs. Adams, Richard Donat as Fire Captain Harrison Risley, Mavor Moore as John O'Brien, Donald Pilon as Dr. Matwick, Terry Haig as Terry James, Cec Linder as Councilman Paley, Ken James as Andrew - Deputy Fire Chief, Jefferson Mappin as Beezer, Earl Pennington as Mr. Clark, Sonny Forbes as Tom
Chow Yun-Fat stars as an undercover cop who infiltrates a jewelry crime ring but develops a friendship with one of the criminals while arousing genuine suspicion in the police force. This is a lot clearer in retrospect than while watching the film -- the whole affair being confusing and poorly explained.
For those interested in seeing some of Chow's earlier career work (he was once much thinner and had a lot more hair!), City of Fire is a decent time. Too bad the action is lackluster (lots of straightforward gunplay is about it) and the plot is muddy as can be.
Aka Long hu feng yun.