City on Fire
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This tense Hong Kong crime thriller is known best as the film upon which Quentin Tarantino borrowed heavily for his 1992 debut, Reservoir Dogs. Those who criticized the American director for lack of originality have perhaps missed the point. In the highly commercialized, formulaic crime genre of Hong Kong, very few thrillers are truly original, and innovation comes in the form of style, action choreography, and dramatic tension. City on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam, is no exception. The story, told in a more traditional narrative form than Reservoir Dogs, follows Chow Yun-Fat as Ko Chow, an… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"A little slow going, but Chow, as always, is fantastic."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"I wish Buena Vista had lavished a little more care on Lam's film; it deserves better."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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