This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…
They made it personal... He'll make them pay.
Detective Sergeant Ma Jun, known for dispensing his own brand of justice during arrests, teams up with an undercover cop, Wilson, to try and bring down three merciless Vietnamese brothers running a smuggling ring in the months before mainland China's takeover of Hong Kong. Jun pursues the gang tirelessly, sometimes ignoring police protocols. A showdown is inevitable!
About 20 minutes into the climax of the movie, after Donnie Yen has been beating the hell out of a guy (and being equally beaten in return), Donnie, for the first time in the film, takes his jacket off, as if to say "OK, now I'm really gonna get violent." He does.
By the numbers cop-triad movie. Donnie's the cop who breaks all the rules, Louis Koo is his partner, undercover among ethnically outsider criminals (Vietnamese in this case), on the eve of the Handover. The details of the criminal organization, the investigation, the legal ramifications of anything, are basically ignored, as is pretty much anything else outside of the basic narrative tissue connecting the action sequences. Yen's previous collaboration…
A dude gets taken out in a boxing ring then it cuts to Donnie Yen doing some weird talking head interview. This never comes back into it, I don't know what the fuck that was about.
Clubs scene and some split second awkward extras, club bathroom with a cubicle in the middle of the room, pretty rad bathroom. Anyway Donnie Yen comes in and owns these dickheads. Cool over head shot with wine spitting, smart direction. Donnie's a cop, has some hearing about how he's too badass.
It's all undercover cops and shit, there's this trio of brothers who are some shit hot gang. Donnie Yen's partner has infiltrated them as an undercover cop guy.
Donnie gets a warning from…
The poster for this one can be quite deceiving: This was nowhere nearly as dark as "Kill Zone S.P.L.". Martial arts dream team Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen bring us another cop thriller, this time more reminiscent of classic Hong Kong storylines.
Louis Koo plays a young undercover agent who gets caught up in the affairs of three criminal brothers that take it to far and threaten his family. Luckily his partner played by Donnie Yen is a certified badass.
Now I can't really pinpoint why I didn't enjoy the story that much, but I felt like I had seen the same thing at least 5 times. I even recall Jackie Chan and Chow-Yun _Fat playing that exact undercover role,…
You know, for how rotely and amateurishly old martial arts films were directed, they at least let us see the moves as they happened. The editing is so fast and stylized in this that it gets in the way of enjoying the performances. Anyway, something about Donnie Yen bugs me, he needs to get over himself.
Is very dull for almost an hour before it gets going and then after some nice running and shooting it ends in an intense fight that goes on for a bit too long to be very interesting.
It's not that the movie is bad it's just that I didn't really care.
"Flash Point" stars Donnie Yen as badass Detective Sergeant Ma Jun who teams up with the undercover cop Wilson played by Louis Koo to bring down a group of vietnamese smugglers.
"Flash Point" is a spiritual prequel to "Kill Zone S.P.L." and features a similar mix of crime thriller and martial arts film with great hand to hand combat choreographed by Donnie Yen. The story feels more cohesive to me than "Kill Zone S.P.L." because the dramatic parts work a lot better. It's not a very unique story but the pacing is great and "Flash Point" always stays engaging.
The supporting cast is pretty good with Collin Chou as ruthless vietnamese smuggler and the unbelievably gorgeous Fan Bingbing as Wilson's…
Some of the best and most unique fight choreography that is in an action movie, Donnie Yen delivers a great show.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I feel like if you told Donnie Yen to master some obscure martial arts and turn it into a successful movie he could do it. I feel like you told Donnie Yen to master baseball for a movie on the life and times of Chien Ming-Wang, he'd be better than Chien Ming-Wang at baseball. I feel like if you called Donnie Yen a little bitch, he could kill you in so many ways it would take him four days to figure out the method of which your pathetic fate is worth dirtying his hands for.
I can't say every movie with Donnie Yen is good, but Flash Point is one of them I can confidently say is great. Beyond my…
Cop (Donnie Yen) needs to take down 3 brothers who are violent drug smugglers. There's a cop on the inside who would be collateral damage if Donnie Yen wasn't the hero. OK,I know that story plot stunk. Honestly, I was confused the first 10 minutes. Things started to fall in to place. The action is good. The end fight scene is over the top. I watched the gorgeous Dragon Dynasty DVD but it's on Netflix streaming. This is by no means a great film but if you love (for the most part) practical fighting scenes,watch it.
I didn't really like anything about this except for maybe two or tree ideas in Yen's action choreography and seeing Louis Koo (who is uncharacteristically not fascinating here) get the crap kicked out of him the entire time.
Grain of salt alert: watched this in my cubicle at work when I should have instead been home in bed with a sinus infection.
Donnie Yen is just awesome to watch, and the last fight is a pretty good one. The strong direction helps, as the story is kind of weak and I feel like the subtitle translation could be better.
Great fight scenes, good gun play, so-so plot. Overall not a great as SPL, but infinitely better than any martial arts film Hollywood has been churning out (Rush Hour series, War, etc.)
From my old Netflix reviews:
I'll give it to you straight: the story is weak but the action is fantastic. There you go, enjoy. Donnie Yen is a veritable patron saint of butt whoopings in this flick and his final fight with Collin Chou is a thing of savage beauty. As far as Yen films go, It's not as great as "SPL", but marginally better than "Dragon Tiger Gate" and a definite step up from "Seven Swords." If you're looking for a quick shot of Asian action, pick this one up and shoot it into your veins, my fellow action junkie.
Flashpoint (2007) film thoughts...Picked this HK film up recently because it's on Dragon Dynasty and I never heard of it. It stars Donnie Yen as a tough cop who likes to "rough up" the suspects before bringing them in. The plot is a little typical, gangsters trying to control a bigger piece of the pie making sure nothing gets in their way. When an undercover cop and his girlfriend are seriously threatened, it's up to Yen's character to make things right.
While the story has been done to death, that doesn't make Flashpoint less interesting. This was the first time in a long while that I was reminded of the classic John Woo films of the late 1980's, which is…
Great fight choreography by Donnie Yen! I love the MMA ground work mixed with other martial arts is off the chain here! I wish there were more fight scenes like this, but the last act fight sort of makes up for that! The only down fall of the version I watched is the English translation. Some to most of the subtitles do not make sense, but that is clearly the gap between our two languages. Other than that the story and characters are of similar ilk of other cop action thrillers. I still love this movie for it's choreography!
Because Johnnie To so dominates cinephile discourse about Post Holdover Hong Kong Cinema seems like a good idea to shine…
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…