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Flash Point (2007)

Dou foh sin (original title)
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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.

Director:

Wilson Yip (as Yip Wai Shun)

Writers:

Kam-Yuen Szeto (as Szeto Kam Yuen), Lik-Kei Tang (as Nicholl Tang)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Ma
Louis Koo ... Wilson
Collin Chou ... Tony
Ray Lui ... Archer (as Lui Leung Wai)
Bingbing Fan ... Judy (as Fan Bing Bing)
Kent Cheng ... Inspector Wong
Xing Yu ... Tiger
Ben Lam ... Sam
Lan Law ... Madam Ma (as Law Lan)
Timmy Hung ... Yang
Tony Ho ... Cannon
Ping Ha ... Tony's Mum (as Ha Ping)
Irene Wang Irene Wang ... Cindy
Austin Wai ... Four Eyes
Wai Al ... Hero (as Ai Wai)
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Storyline

Ma Jun, a cop known for dispensing justice during arrests, teams with Hua Sheng, who's undercover, to try to bring down three merciless Vietnamese brothers running a smuggling ring in the months before the mainland's takeover of Hong Kong. The eldest, Xian Wei Cha (called Zah), is arrested in an operation that exposes Sheng and almost gets him killed. His girlfriend, Qiu Di, who's been unaware of Sheng's profession, wants to see him quit. Jun pursues the gang tirelessly, sometimes ignoring police protocols. Zah's trial approaches, witnesses are in danger, and a showdown is inevitable. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

They made it personal... He'll make them pay.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and brutal martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

26 July 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Flashpoint See more »

Filming Locations:

Nam Sang Wai, Hong Kong See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,271, 16 March 2008

Gross USA:

$5,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,177,725
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the intensity and complexity of the sequence, both Donnie Yen and Collin Chou agreed that their fight sequence at the end of the film was the hardest shoot they had ever done in their respective careers See more »

Goofs

When the man is shot on the roof of the parking structure, even though the movie depicts events in 1997, there is a modern silver BMW 5-series parked next to the victim's car. It is a 2004-2007 (pre January 2007 facelift) model. See more »

Alternate Versions

The China version features an additional scene - where Tony's diseased mother shows up looking for her sons - during the final fight with Inspector Ma and Tony. See more »

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Modern kung fu done right
20 August 2007 | by HeislegendSee all my reviews

If you're like me, after watching roughly 3 billion similarly themed period piece kung fu and wuxia movies, you're relieved when a contemporary kung fu flick comes along. This seems to be Donnie Yen's bread and butter. Sure, he was excellent in Hero opposite Jet Li and even Circus Kids was entertaining, but his performances in those films just don't match up to SPL or this film, Flash Point. He seems made for modern kung fu.

I'll leave plot explanation to others as it's a pretty standard cop-on-the-edge film that seems to have been done to death by Hong Kong over the past 15 years or so. What sets this apart is Yen's phenomenal and somewhat unique brand of kung fu and, for the first time (to my knowledge) his surprisingly good jiu jitsu. The flashy kicks and punches are standard Yen affair, but it's a bit of a shock to watch him pull off a slick arm bar, arm triangle, or leg triangle.

Yen's performance is only strengthened by a very talented supporting cast. There's no push-over fights here...it's like everyone is really fighting for their lives. That alone should be enough to get you past a fairly overdone plot (it's not bad, but if you've seen it once you've seen it 1,000 times). It's definitely worth the 85 minutes of your time if you're even remotely a fan of the genre.


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