On 13 April 2012, Paramount Pictures in Japan will release a digitally remastered DVD of "Prison on Fire (監獄風雲)" and "Prison on Fire II (監獄風雲II 逃犯)". Its retail price, JPY 1,500 each, is much lower than versions that have been previously available in the country. (It'll be even cheaper if you buy them from Amazon Japan.) The DVDs will feature the original Cantonese language with Japanese subtitles.
"Prison on Fire" is a 1987 classic directed by Ringo Lam (林嶺東) and starring Chow Yun-Fat (周潤發), Tony Leung Ka-Fai (梁家輝) and Roy Cheung (張耀揚). Unlike Blu-ray, DVD versions of this film have not been widely available or affordable in the Asian market for the last few years...it' a welcome release!
Other Hong Kong classics, including "Hard Boiled (辣手神探)," "God of Gamblers (賭神)," "The Diary of a Big Man (大丈夫日記)," all featuring Chow Yun-Fat, and "Rouge (胭脂扣)" with Leslie Cheung (張國榮) and Anita Mui (梅艷芳), will be re-released on the same day.
Already available in the same series of Paramount Japan's budget DVD catalogue are: "City on Fire (龍虎風雲)," another 80's classic by Director Lam, and "Triads The Inside Story (我在黑社會的日子)." Chow Yun-Fat and Roy Cheung have starred in both movies.
There is a drawback for the latter product, though...while Hong Kong's Joy Sales version features Yun-Fat and Roy on one of its double-sided covers, the Paramount Japan's package has only Yun-Fat and Shing Fui-On (成奎安) on the cover...Hmmm...Design-wise, I like the simple black/white one better, but I wish they have kept Roy there!
For the complete catalogue, visit Paramount Japan's Hong Kong movie products page.