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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…
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…
by the number hong kong cop movie enlivened by some cool direction and colour composition and a Great Louis Koo performance. Donnie Yen also kicks a bunch of ass which is, y'know, always fun.
Great cast, O.K. movie.
I still think, without doubt, that Flash Point is Donnie Yen's best film. A brilliant action film, that starts slowly, as a crime thriller, and ascends into some amazing action scenes. Yen is at his most charismatic, a mix of hero poses in sunglasses and leather jackets; he makes the police detective scenes work and excels in the kung-fu moments. Louis Koo adds solid support, while Wilson Yip directs with great competence. Yip is an underrated Hong Kong filmmaker, his work with Donnie Yen is always really solid. The only Donnie Yen film that gets near Flash Point is SPL, which was also directed by Yip. They are a great double of action madness.
FLASH POINT is well choreographed with intense action sequences and humorous dialogue, but the story is seriously lacking in many regards.
Who just eats a chicken that is anonymously delivered to your house without at least reheating it first? It's an absurd set up for an attempted assassination, and it doesn't even work. FLASH POINT is full of garbage like that, like how some of the Vietnamese gangsters figure out our lead is a mole planted by the local police because reasons.
I won't lie, this movie is TERRIFICALLY enjoyable and a total blast, but that doesn't outweigh the poorly thought out story.
Nonostante le mazzate arrivino molto più tardi di quanto ti aspettassi, il film è una bombetta niente male. Sarà pure uguale ad altri polizieschi cinesi, ma Donnie Yen ci mette il suo ed è tutta un'altra storia. Vederlo incazzato nero che tira ginocchiate senza sosta è una delizia.
A volte mi chiedo perché non guardo solo cinema cinese.
It's a bit slow in the beginning but all worth that final fight in the abandoned house. Honestly, you think it's gonna end and then you get another minute of Donnie kicking the shit out of a man and then you get another minute... and another.
It's pretty standard story. Rough as guts cop, partnered with an undercover cop. Shit gets fucked. I think they could have done way more with the story as it's flimsy as best, no real characterization. No real reason for me to cheer on this characters. Is that why you watch a martial arts movie? Probably not. The story serves as a vessel to accommodate punches, kicks and bloodied fucking knuckles; which is what you get.
Who thinks Donnie Yen movies need more grappling moves and arm bars? Oh, that's right, no one.
I wanted to see Donnie Yen kicking ass…and this movie delivered!
There were some pacing issues and VERY underdeveloped villains, but Yen made up for that with that final fight sequence. Holy shit was that fight at the end awesome!
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Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…