Hong Kong film junk and other nonsense from a N.Y. gwailo
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Into The Fire- 烈火街頭 (1989)
INTO THE FIRE (1989)
Another Sammo Hung Kam-bo project sans the rotund one himself in front of the camera. Instead of occupying the directors chair, as he did with SPOOKY, SPOOKY (find a few posts down), Hung produces this late 80's action-drama and hires out his stunt team so they can pay the rent.
Unfortunately, INTO THE FIRE, despite Hung's hand and this absolutely cool looking poster, is largely lackluster. This is Sammo's first and only foray into the CAT III realm of the dirty, alas, no nipples on display. Just foul Cantonese. Colin Chou and Chin Siu-ho play brothers caught up in the dark side of HK and are actually finely cast, both for their martial skills as well as their young stud looks. Both are incredibly wasted as turgid drama just blankets the film only sputtering out action few and far between. Nonsensical considering this is a Hung production with two capable martial leads. Also cast in the film in a rather meaty role is the the then newcomer, my pixie cutie-pie sweetheart, and usual CAT III sexpot, Chan Wing-chi. Chan was busy back in good ol' '89 as INTO THE FIRE was her 7th film that year. In the coming years, Chan lovingly turning her attention to the seedier side of Chinese Hollywood. Hooray!
Hong Kong Cinema is like sex and pizza. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.
I have had a love affair with Hong Kong Cinema for over 17 years now. I have accumulated over 3,000 HK films and many other HK film related items throughout those 17 years. With this blog, I am hoping to share my collection with other HK cinema fans. With my writing, I am trying to keep things light,fun,and tongue in cheek in hopes that my love affair with HK cinema continues and remains as fresh as the days I first fell in love with it. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!