A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.
Flash Point (original title “Dou foh sin”) from 2007 is a hard-hitting action thriller of epic proportions in 2007’s Flash Point. Made by Hong Kong’s dynamic duo of action superstar Donnie Yen and director Wilson Yip (who also directed Ip Man).
Wilson Yip got a great eye for nice visuals and Flash Point looks amazing throughout. Perhaps Yip relies a little too much on flashy, modern filming and editing techniques but the film looks and feels great.
As storylines go, Flash Point is as routine and unimaginative as you can get. The plot is too developed and becomes so convoluted at times that it’s hard to keep track of what exactly is going on. Scenes seem to follow each other without a clear idea of what the story is about. Donnie Yen convinces when handling action, but his charisma as an actual actor is occasionally lacking.
But the thing is, none of the above matters thanks to the pure kung-fu magnetism of the leads, and the way in which director Yip cuts directly to the heat of things, Flash Point really delivers.
The film features some of the best and most hard-hitting action scenes in movie history. Donnie Yen’s fight choreography is an exciting blend of MMA-style takedowns with traditional Chinese martial arts. The final bout between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou, which extends for over eight minutes long, is, simply put, a fight for the ages.
The fight scene is essentially like watching a UFC match, except they aren’t fighting in a cage and there are no rules. Both Yen and Chou put in all their effort into the fight, their stunt work and choreography are top of the line and there’s no shaky cam or quick-cut editing here. Due to the intensity and complexity of their final fight sequence, both Donnie Yen and Collin Chou agreed it was the hardest shoot they had ever endured in their respective careers
Sometimes people just want action, and the fighting on display in Flash Point is tough and hard enough to satisfy. Beyond that, the film has some sloppy plotting, noticeable anachronisms, and some slight overacting. Nevertheless, Flash Point got some excellent production values and is a martial arts film that will have you rewinding the fight scenes over and over.
It’s a fast-paced cops and robbers action movie that features a phenomenal end fight. The plot is very sub-par but to be honest who watches a martial arts film for the story. If you’re looking for a great Martial Art violence watch this.
Donnie Yen vs Collin Chou in Flash Point (2007)
- You have to endure about three quarters of the film to arrive at one of the greatest fight scenes in recent memory.
- Donnie Yen brings a great blend of mixed martial arts to the big screen with his final fight against Collin Chou