Prison on Fire 2
Star: Chow Yun-Fat
, Yu Li, Tommy Wong Kwong-Leung, Chan Chung-Yung
 This film falls a little bit
between two stools. Part of the time, it's almost trying to be like
Porridge with Chung Ting Ching (Chow) a wisecracking survivor very much like Ronnie Barker's
character. However, there are some pretty brutal scenes establishing the
tensions in the prison: not just between prisoners and guards but between
Hong Kong and Chinese inmates. After the wrath of an especiaily sadistic
guard descends on Chung for escaping to visit his son, he finds himself
forced to team up with the head of the mainlanders. Make that betweeen
three stools, as the movie then slides towards "odd couple" territory.
Individually, each of these work well, together, they're less than the sum
of the parts.