Film / Flash Point

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Flash Point is a is a 2007 Martial Arts Movie directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen. This is the second collaboration between Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen after Sha Po Lang.

Hong Kong, 1997. A somewhat violence-crazy police inspector named Ma (Donnie Yen) pursues the arrest of a fraternal trio of Hong Kong gangsters led by the ruthless Tony (Collin Chou), counting on his beleaguered police partner Wilson (Louis Koo), who acts as a mole. The three brothers fail to murder a fellow gang boss, which culminates in one of them in jail, but Wilson's cover is discovered and he is blackmailed to not to testify against them under the threat of killing his pregnant girlfriend. When the other witnesses are killed and Wilson is captured while trying to find her, it is up to Ma to free them and bring down the gangsters for good.

The film was a box office hit and won the Best Action Choreography awards at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards and 2008 Golden Horse Film Awards, thanks to Yen's fight choreography which included some Mixed Martial Arts in the mix.


The film provides the following tropes:

  • Action Hero: Ma.
  • Anti-Hero: From the starting, Ma makes clear that he is in the police to kick the asses of bad people and not so much to serve and protect.
  • Arrested for Heroism: How Ma sees his reprimand from the police officers the at the beginning of the film. In his own words, during the time he has been there he could have been instead beating down evildoers.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tony becomes one after getting his brothers killed, but unfortunately for him, Ma himself is not much less of another.
  • Big Bad: Tony.
  • Blood Knight: Ma really loves to fight.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Tony’s spinning kicks are somehow strong enough to break concrete columns nonchalantly, though once you have seen his sheer body resilience, it comes as no surprise.
  • Death Glare: Courtesy of Ma.
  • Establishing Character Moment: At the very beginning of the film, Ma gets known by rushing into a combat sports gym and tackling somebody to the ground.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Our friend Ma could be a contender for the king of the trope. If you are a delinquent, you will be beaten down.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: A stylistic variation, played straight and averted at the end. During the final duel, the sheer variety of Ma's hand-to-hand offensive is astonishing, ranging from striking to grappling and MMA techniques, but Tony uses just classic kung fu and yet he proves to be quite of a match, to the extent Ma has to to spend every drop of sweat in his body and pull out every trick up his sleeve to beat him.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Justified, as the characters only resort to hand-to-hand when guns are dropped.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ma is impulsive, energetic and loves fighting a bit too much.
  • I Know Karate: Interestingly averted, as nobody talks about martial arts or similar things in the entire film. Amusingly enough, Ma seems to know at least kung fu, boxing, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai, so he would have a hard time listing them all quickly to warn an adversary.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted, as Ma's knuckles are shown bleeding and swollen after beating the baddie to death.
  • Kung-Shui: A minor example, but Tony breaks some furniture (and architecture) with his legs during his fight.
  • Le Parkour: Ma shows some while chasing a mook.
  • Made of Iron: The punishment both Ma and Tony take during their final duel is massive, yet they actually never sell it the amount they should, aside from some grimacing and blood spits. Ma gets powerbombed full force against a concrete floor and later onto his neck against a steel rail; Tony takes a free fall from a first floor, an ippon seoi nage onto the ground and a German suplex against some concrete blocks; and in general, but specially at the end, both of them receive tons of strikes and haymakers. All of this without even looking groggy.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Tony ends at the receiving end of a heel hook and does scream in pain when his leg is broken, but the injury itself just makes him limp a bit and ditch his spinning kicks afterwards, when in real life it would be crippling, possibly forever, and he should be screaming his lungs off and tending his broken leg.
  • The Mole: Wilson in the brothers's band.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Oh boy. Ma loves to dispense some of those, and he actually kills a guy by intensive ground and pound.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both Ma and Tony.
  • Rated M for Manly
  • Sibling Team: Archer, Tony and Tiger.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: There are not enough punches for you if you have got Ma angry on you.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He does in the final scene. It's just that he ran out of bullets.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Though not overtly, Ma performs hurricanranas and suplexes on Tony.
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