In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles
Director: Wilson Yip
Cast: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Fan
Bing Bing, Lui Leung-Wai, Ben Lam, Kent Cheng, Xing Yu, Ha Ping,
Law Lan, Xu Qing, Timmy Hung
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: GV
Official Website: www.flashpointthemovie.com
Opening Day: 2 August 2007
Ma Jun, a serious crime detective sergeant has been working
on to crack a triad of three brothers; Archer, Tony and Tiger
for years. He planted a mole, Wilson to infiltrate into the
gang. Over the years, Wilson started to have more disagreements
with Ma Jun. During a gang confrontation, Wilson’s identity
was exposed and Tiger died during the battle. Tony destroyed
all the evidence. The only person left to bring Tony and Archer
to justice is Wilson…
Despite the numerous names changing during the production
process and initially touted as a sequel to “SPL”,
“Flash Point” at the end is a stand-alone, straightforward
action piece by Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen. Perhaps it’s
due to their budding chemistry, this third collaboration is
a much faster-paced and tighter production as compared to
“SPL” and “Dragon Tiger Gate” which
are comparably more laborious in terms of plotting and characters.
what director Wilson Yip says, “Flash Point” is
based on the timeless “cops and robbers” genre.
And it indeed wastes no time on explaining further, Donnie
Yen plays an impulsive cop named Jun who is bent on bringing
the infamous triad gang of three brothers behind bars. Archer
(veteran actor Lui Leung-Wai), Tony (Collin Chou, more well-known
as Seraph in “The Matrix Reloaded”) and the youngest,
Tiger (Xing Yu).
order to infiltrate the gang, Jun assigned a mole Wilson (played
by Louis Koo) to assist in bringing the gang down. Unfortunately,
Wilson’s identity is exposed midway, resulting being
nailed crippled by the ruthless Tony.
I applaud Wilson Yip’s intention to give the various
characters a more dimensional outlook instead of just plain
action sets to pace the story, the end result is pretty much
a haphazard combination. Take for example, the Alzheimer-suffering
mother (Ha Ping) of the three brothers who is supposedly created
in the script to bring out the theme of filial piety. But
sadly, the character just didn’t possess enough screen
time to justify the audience’s empathy, it ends up solely
as a cliché story point. What’s more, the blink-and-miss
role of Jun’s mum (veteran actress Luo Lan) is hardly
pretty mainland actress Fan Bing Bing (last seen in the ghostly
romance, “The Matrimony”) who played Wilson’s
love interest has the typical slot of being the damsel in
distress. Nothing outstanding to speak of.
Yip and Donnie Yen seem more at ease choreographing and shooting
the action sequences. Without the presence of Sammo Hung,
Wu Jing or Nicholas Tse to divert the audience’s attention
this time round, Donnie has the whole action plate to himself.
His character Jun is akin to the tough cop role played by
Jackie Chan in the 80’s (think “Police Story”).
(1) He fights ruthlessly hard (2) He never stop running after
the baddies (3) Repeat 1 and 2.
a concept called Mixed Martial Arts (MAA), a fighting technique
which the combatant has no specific ‘style’ of
fighting. The guys onscreen punch, leap and kick with amazing
agility and brutality. We can see that there’s minimal
wire-enhanced technology used. Pure adrenalin stuff. The showdown
in the finale has Yen fighting Chou and since both possessed
supreme martial-arts background, prepare for a real treat.
The ladies might squirm at some of the aggressiveness though.
Point” works so well as an action movie that one just
has to forgive the countless cliché-filled subplots.
To appreciate action genres, you need to sit back and absorb
in the atmosphere. And not even Louis Koo, Fan Bing Bing or
even Lui has the opportunity to outshine Yen. This is Yen’s
moment. And a moment reserved for action buffs to savour.
(Donnie Yen kicks! Donnie Yen punches! Give the man what he
wants – Buy a ticket to catch Flash Point!)
Review by Linus Tee