Film: Flash Point

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 Tiger (Collin Chou), counting on his beleaguered police partner Wilson (Louis Koo), who acts as a mole. The three brothers fail at the 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 as well trying to find her, it is up to Ma the task to free them and bring down the gangsters for good.

The film was a box 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 along.

The film provides the following tropes:

  • Action Hero: Ma.
  • Anti-Hero: From the starting, Ma makes clear that he is with the police to kick bad people's asses and not 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 words, during the time he has been there he could have been instead beating down evildoers.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tiger becomes one after getting his brothers killed, but unfortunately for him, Ma himself is not much less of another.
  • Badass: Ma and Tiger.
  • Big Bad: Tiger.
  • 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 seen its sheer body resilience, it comes to no surprise.
  • Death Glare: Courtesy of Ma.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Our friend Ma could be a contender for the king of the trope.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: A stylistic variation, played straight and averted at the end. During the final duel, the sheer variety of Ma's martial arts offensive is astonishing, ranging from striking to grappling and MMA tricks, but Tiger uses just your ol'd 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 try everything in his sleeve to finally 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.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: The punishment both Ma and Tony take during his 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, an ippon seoi nage onto the ground and a German suplex against some concrete blocks, and both of them receive tons of strikes and damage without merely looking groggy.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Played with. Tony ends at the receiving end of a heel hook and does scream in pain, but the injury itself (which in real life would be crippling, possibly forever) just makes him limp afterwards.
  • 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 Tiger.
  • 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.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Ma performs hurricanranas and suplexes on Tiger.