Lifeline (film)

Lifeline is a 1997 Hong Kong action disaster drama film directed by Johnnie To and starring Sean Lau, Alex Fong and Carman Lee.

Film poster
MandarinShí Wàn Huǒ Jí
CantoneseSap6 Maan6 Fo2 Gap1
Directed byJohnnie To
Produced byMona Fong
Screenplay byYau Nai-hoi
StarringSean Lau
Alex Fong
Carman Lee
Music byRaymond Wong
CinematographyCheng Siu-Keung
Edited byWong Wing-ming
Cosmopolitan Film Productions
Distributed byShaw Brothers Studio
Release date
3 January 1997 (1997-01-03)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeHK$20,730,867


Yau Sui (Sean Lau) is a veteran firefighter of the Tsz Wan Shan Fire Station who has an arrogant attitude because of his extensive experience. By chance, Sui meets Annie (Carman Lee), a doctor who becomes troublous after a recent breakup with her boyfriend. Sui consoles her and they begin a relationship. Meanwhile, Sui strikes a rivalry with the newly appointed leader of the fire station, Raymond Cheung (Alex Fong), often getting into disputes. Later, a big fire erupts in a weaving factory located in Tsuen Wan, where Sui, Raymond and their team members arrive to the scene, where the fire level rose to 5th alarm. Because of many hazardous objects present, an explosion occurs, releasing toxic gas. To deal with the dilemma, Sui and Raymond must put their rivalry aside and work together.


  • Sean Lau as Principal Fireman Yau Sui (有水)
  • Alex Fong as Senior Station Officer Raymond Cheung (張文傑)
  • Carman Lee as Dr. Annie Chan
  • Damian Lau as Cheng Fu-wai (鄭富威), Chief Fire Officer
  • Ruby Wong as Probationary Station Officer Lo Ka-wai (盧嘉慧)
  • Raymond Wong Ho-yin as Fireman Wong Ho-yin (黃浩然)
  • Chan Man-lei as Ho-yin's father
  • Yuen Bun as Station Officer Fong Ting-kwok
  • Lam Suet as Arsonist
  • Kenneth Chan as Annie's boyfriend
  • Patrick Dunn as Madam Lo's husband
  • Eileen Yeow as Janet
  • Annabelle Lau as Factory worker trapped in fire
  • Yuen Ling-to as Factory manager
  • Sin Kam-ching
  • Lau man-yee
  • Kwok Yee-kiu
  • Cyrus Wong
  • Lam Kwok-kit as Firefighter
  • Lu Ching-ting as Firefighter
  • Hung Wai-leung as Construction worker
  • Chiu Chi-shing



Beyond Hollywood gave the film a positive review praising the developed characters and the performances of Sean Lau and Alex Fong, while also noting its impressive fire stunts.[1] LoveHKFilm gave the film a positive review and praises director Johnnie To's realism and sheer bravura storytelling.[2] So Good Reviews also gave a positive review, praising the fire sequences and characters, but criticizes some of its melodramatic moments.[3]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed HK$20,730,867 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 3 January to 4 February 1997.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
17th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Lifeline Nominated
Best Director Johnnie To Nominated
Best New Performer Ruby Wong Nominated
Film Editing Wong Wing-ming Won
Best Action Choreography Yuen Bun Nominated
Best Sound Design Lifeline Won
4th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Film of Merit Lifeline Won


  1. ^ "Lifeline (1997) Movie Review -".
  2. ^ "Lifeline (十萬火急) (1997) -".
  3. ^ "Lifeline - So Good Reviews".

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