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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.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$3,271
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Sound Mix:

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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Referenced in Sleeping Dogs (2012) See more »

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nice..
20 August 2007 | by hamiltonauSee all my reviews

This was a real surprise as on a rainy day in the only Chinese cinema left in Sydney, to think i only went into Market city for some yum cha and got a whole lot more than i bargained for.

A fantastic roller-coaster ride of a film, OK so the long slow ride up to the top end of it can be daunting for those with ADD or a high blood sugar level but its sure worth it once you get there. Intense satisfying action shot from every possible angle yet still filled with a spontaneous verite energy unmatched by any Hollywood film i have seen..ever.

Its innovative style while a bit light on plot or dialogue (OK so i am stuck with subtitles which obviously lose something in the translation) overcomes any accusations of pretentiousness that could be leveled at a lot of similar films. The raw energy of the film leaks into every scene however still and explodes onto the screen when the action finally ramps up. Considering the violent nature of the film a lot of the actual killing is suggested rather than replayed in Technicolor from umpteen angles, but we still experience every kick and punch as if it were flying our way.

OK admittedly the story is about as engrossing as 300 or a lot of other HK cop films, IE runs at a primal level deeper than mere plot twists or any complicated subtext. No, its all about the man versus what he sees as injustice and occasionally about a friendship. Mostly though its about the battle for whats right even if thats not quite clear sometimes, by the end you know who the good guys are and as manipulated as you might feel you are rooting for them all the way.

OK I'm running out of superlatives and metaphors now..just go out and watch it if you like a good old school popcorn bash and can handle some underplayed buddy semantics.


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