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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…
Flash Point is your typical Hong Kong cop flick. But that isn't a bad thing. Especially not if Donnie Yen does the action.
In Flash Point we have two cops, the ruthless Ma Jun (Donnie Yen) and undercover cop Wilson (Louis Koo). Their plan goes south as the gang finds out Wilson is a mole and they kill all the witnesses. About 1 hour in the film Donnie Yen goes mental and beats the life out of Tiger (Xing Yu) after he used a little girl as a hostage and just throws her away.
At that point in the film the action kicks in and it becomes a rollercoaster ride that ends in a great brawl between Donnie Yen and…
Yesterday (the 27th) was Donnie Yen's birthday. I knew this, because a friend of mine loves Donnie Yen, I didn't even really know who he was until she told me about him and so I decided to watch a couple of his movies in honour of him (and her). After Ip Man, I am already a massive fan of him, so I knew I would also enjoy Flash Point. I guess the problem with watching these two so close together though, is that I absolutely, totally, undoubtedly LOVED Ip Man, so it was going to be really hard for Flash Point to get to that standard. So I think I'm just going to go with a highlights/lowlights take on my…
Xenophobic fear of immigrants coming across the border and sowing chaos isn't just for US action movies!
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.
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…
a lot more grappling than most Donnie Yen films, there's an amazing German Suplex which, in my opinion, validates a viewing
Builds and builds to an astonishingly sustained conclusion, at which point I began reflecting on: spectacle as separate from narrative but imbued with meaning by the preceding plot threads; how spectacle only seems "empty" to the traditional liberal humanist perspective when spectators aren't emotionally invested in the personae involved; "empty" spectacle need not be inferior to character-based spectacle, if one discards that humanistic criterion; how action movies inflate the underlying emotions of their scenario's filmic reality through spectacle just as musicals do.
I've thought such things before, and after glimpsing a tweet that asserted that action movies are the masculine flipside of feminine musicals, I've been holding that theory in my head to test out on various examples of each. But FLASH POINT really crystallizes everything, providing an intellectual workout alongside the stupefaction of watching Collin Chou and Donnie Yen bringing everything they have to the final brawl. Very happy to have seen this film.
Please show this to the Star Wars fanatic in your life sometime between now and December.
Pretty standard cop drama. Donnie Yen at his breakneck peak of renegade cop who will do anything to bring in justice while looking hot and being brooding in the process. I actually like the MMA moves in this. Kind of neat to see them blended in a kung fu film.
Flash Point is mostly an American-style action movie made in China. There are shootouts, car chases, and parkour. There are only a few brief kung fu scenes before the long final fight. Overall, I came away disappointed in its mediocrity.
HK crime films are kind of hit and miss. Sometimes, they're so hectic as to be almost incomprehensible, and there tends to be more fighting than point. This one, though, is actually story-driven (although like many such films, the viewer is dropped into the story about halfway through). This one also doesn't feature the random flashbacks that may confuse issues in other films. These don't necessarily spoil the fun, but if one is a newcomer to HK cinema, they can be a bit hard to follow.
Donnie Yen is, as always, fantastic in the role of Inspector Ma. He's got the perfect face for martial arts film, like Bruce Lee before him. Great scowl; wouldn't want to piss him off, is what I'm saying.
The action is well-executed, and the score is excellent. Well worth a watch.
Still a really rote story, but the action just keeps getting better. Some extraordinary work in this makes it a must-watch for fans of kung fu or Donnie Yen (two classes with a 100% overlap, I expect).
I like Donnie Yen. I'm not fully on board with him yet. Sure, he's all kinds of awesome, but there seems to be something not quite there to put him into the upper echelon of action heroes.
The movie itself is so-so. A not very involving cop and undercover partner against a small group of triad brothers. It takes along time to get going, the stakes are never very high, and it is difficult to grasp motivations of the characters. That being said, the final 20 minutes are pretty great, with foot chases, car violence, shoot-outs and a final one on one.
Not enough Donnie Yen bad assery, way too much tired clichéd cop plot. Final fight is pretty good though.
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