City On Fire (HK 1987)

Rating: ***
Director: Ringo Lam
Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng

Source material for Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). In fact, some of the scenes in "Reservoir Dogs" are ripped off shot-for-shot from this film. Danny Lee is an honorable crook who gets involved in a jewel heist that goes terribly wrong. Chow Yun Fat is a timid cop who goes undercover to bust the crooks, only to befriend Danny Lee and ultimately betray him. Chow Yun Fat is not very engaging, but Danny Lee is surprisingly charismatic. The film also features Carrie Ng in her film debut.