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Flash Point (2007) (Blu-ray) (Vicol Version) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Donnie Yen (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor)
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The Donnie Yen-Wilson Yip tag team return with the blistering actioner Flash Point. The actor-director combo previously made waves with SPL and Dragon Tiger Gate, reaching new levels of excitement with their depiction of onscreen martial arts mayhem. Flash Point is a return to SPL territory - at least character-wise. This prequel to SPL finds Yen's Inspector Ma involved in a difficult case versus a trio of deadly Vietnamese bad guys. Inspector Ma's partner Wilson (Louis Koo) poses as a member of the gang to keep tabs on the trio, leading to the arrest of Archer (Ray Lui of To Be Number One). However, Archer's cohorts Tony (Collin Chou of The Matrix Reloaded) and Tiger (Xing Yu of Kung Fu Hustle) are still at large, and will stop at nothing to prevent Wilson and other witnesses from testifying. When they kidnap Wilson's girlfriend (Fan Bing Bing) to blackmail him, only Inspector Ma is willing to come to his partner's aid - and whoever stands in his way had better watch out!

In Flash Point, Donnie Yen utilizes Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to portray Inspector Ma's powerful fighting prowess. Yen pulls out a full arsenal of fighting techniques, from kung-fu to Muay Thai to jujitsu, especially during the film's climactic mano-a-mano duel between Yen and Collin Chou, which should astound even the most jaded screen fighting fan. A duel between Yen and Xing Yu in street restaurant is also impressive, as are the flashes of stuntwork and gunplay from the action-ready cast. Louis Koo embodies his undercover cop character with appropriate pathos, and the cast is aided by the addition of award-winning actors, including Kent Cheng, Best Actor winner for The Log, and Helena Law Lan, Best Actress winner for Wilson Yip's Bullets Over Summer. The Donnie Yen-Wilson Yip combo has proven so successful that the two are planning to work together at least two more times, including a forthcoming adaptation of the popular pulp character Dr. Wesley.

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Product Title: Flash Point (2007) (Blu-ray) (Vicol Version) (Hong Kong Version) 導火線 (2007) (Blu-ray) (域高版) (香港版) 导火线 (2007) (Blu-ray) (域高版) (香港版) 導火線 (2007) (Blu-ray) (域高版) (香港版) Flash Point (2007) (Blu-ray) (Vicol Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Kent Cheng | Collin Chou (Actor) | Xu Qing | Wang Yuan Yuan 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 呂良偉 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 鄭則仕 | 鄒 兆龍 (Actor) | 許晴 | 汪圓圓 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 吕良伟 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 郑则仕 | 邹 兆龙 (Actor) | 许晴 | 汪圆圆 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 呂良偉(レイ・ロイ) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | 鄭則仕(ケント・チェン) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) (Actor) | 許晴(シュー・チン) | Wang Yuan Yuan 견자단 (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Ray Lui (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Kent Cheng | Collin Chou (Actor) | Xu Qing | Wang Yuan Yuan
Director: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2014-12-23
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037861305

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* Special Features:
- Making-of
- Star Interviews (Director & Casts)
- Theatrical Trailer

Director : Wilson Yip Wai-shun

Pre-1997, a hero's story. One man; one car; tearing down the road like a flash of lightening. The man; Jun Ma, Detective Sergeant, Serious Crimes Unit. Like the sports car he controls Jun is fast, precise and brutal - harnessing a horse power that fears to be unleashed. Jun detests crime and his life long nemeses are a Vietnamese gang of three brothers - eldest brother Archer, the bully; second brother Tony, the cool calculator; youngest brother Tiger, the fighter. Their skills have seen them grow steadily in the criminal world. In order to further infiltrate the gang and fight them from within, Jun has planted a mole, Wilson, who has managed to gain the complete trust of the gang and has become their personal bodyguard. Over the years Wilson has become more and more unhappy with Jun's impulsive and unruly style, their disagreements in their way of working has led to constant arguments and altercations.
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Professional Review of "Flash Point (2007) (Blu-ray) (Vicol Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 7, 2007

This professional review refers to Flash Point (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
It is 1997, the final days before the handover of Hong Kong back to China. Tensions are running high, the criminal element scrambling to bank as much money as they can in advance of the anticipated crackdown that will come with the return of communist rule. It is a wild, anarchic time in the criminal underworld, old alliances abandoned in the name of quick profit. And when the criminals are hard, the police must be harder if they are to catch them. Enter Donnie Yen as Inspector Ma, a gruff and ruthless officer known both for his exceptionally high arrest rates and the rate of Ma-inflicted injuries associated with those arrests. Ma's partner is Wilson - played by Louis Koo - a deep cover operative currently infiltrating a ruthless gang run by three brothers smuggling goods in and out of Vietnam. A takedown is coming soon but can the police bring down the gang before the gang realizes that there is an informant in their midst?

Yen fans will have recognized this film the moment they saw his character's name. Flash Point is the third consecutive collaboration between Yen and director Wilson Yip, the film that began life as a sequel to their first collaboration SPL, released on these shores as Kill Zone. The film marks a definite return to the gritty style that drove SPL after the highly stylized comic book adaptation Dragon Tiger Gate but the initial plans to make a true sequel had to be abandoned when it turned out that they couldn't get clearance from that film's producers. Some elements - such as Yen's character name - stayed, but others had to be changed and the result is a film that is a bit muddled on the narrative end, with the better developed earlier-written material sitting uncomfortably alongside the later revisions, but one which also includes arguably the finest martial arts work of Yen's career to date.

One of the great strengths of SPL was its ability to fuse strong character work with the heroic bloodshed and martial arts elements and those looking for Flash Point to do the same will leave somewhat disappointed. Yen's Inspector Ma has survived the script revisions fully intact and is thoroughly engaging - a character tailor made for Yen's strengths as an actor, one he performs very well, with the script providing just the right grace notes to supply him with depth and a surprising touch of comedy - but others have not fared so well. Louis Koo's Wilson, in particular, feels badly under developed, the character working as a shell built of stock ideas and scenarios lifted from scores of other films. Koo has proven in his recent work with Johnnie To that he is a more than capable performer when given good material to work with but he doesn't have nearly the natural ability or screen charisma to elevate weak material with his performance and Wilson comes off as stock and by the numbers, a major flaw considering just how much screen time he is given. As a consequence the front half of the film, while not really bad per se, feels far too familiar and like a step back from better work presented by the duo of Yen and Yip not so long ago.

Any feeling of disappointment in the first half disappears quickly in the second.

And why is this? Simple. While there are a couple decent fight sequences in the opening acts, it is in the back half that the action takes over. Yen is a ferocious talent, not only as a screen fighter but also as a choreographer and over the past few years he has proven that he is arguably the best fight director in the world if what you're looking for is choreography that doesn't feel like choreography. If what you want is bone jarring action that plays and feels like it could actually happen this way in the real world, there is nobody better than Yen and this is his finest hour on that front. A conscious decision was made early in production to abandon typical kung fu styles in favor of techniques that would actually work in a street fight, and to that end, Yen recruited a large team of international screen fighters, several other recognized choreographers, and even some UFC fighters to tailor his action to the real world. The experimentation with Brazilian jujitsu that Yen began with SPL has become a full on love affair here, the film loaded with punishing take downs, grappling moves, and disabling joint locks played out at insanely high speeds. The back half of the film is packed to the gills with fight and action sequences and they stand as the most diverse and punishing sequences of Yen's career.

Helping greatly to that end is the presence of Colin Chou in the lead villain role. Chou is one of those great, overlooked treasures of the martial arts world, a man with good on screen charisma and huge fighting skills who, strangely, doesn't seem to get a lot of work despite high profile parts against Jet Li (Bodyguard From Beijing) and as Seraph in the second and third Matrix films. Over the course of his career, Yen has too seldom had the chance to face opponents that matched his own skill level but having Chou in this film gives him his third such opportunity in his past five films, each of which plays to fantastic - and fantastically diverse - effect. There is the classic, wire-oriented high end wuxia battle with Jet Li in Hero. This was followed by a display of kung fu virtuosity against Wu Jing in SPL. And now, with Chou, Yen delivers a very lengthy, bone crunching, no holds barred, knock 'em down and drag 'em out brawl. Which of these three you will prefer depends largely on your own tastes but there is no doubt that this period will stand as the pinnacle of Yen's fight career.

The fusion of quality character work with a hard edged style and intense action sequences made SPL a much needed and heartily welcomed shot in the arm for Hong Kong film. The film was a reminder of what made Hong Kong action so beloved by so many in the first place while reassuring that they hadn't lost it just yet. The significant flaws of Flash Point prevent it from reaching the same heights as its predecessor; it is much less satisfying on a narrative and character level, but it is nonetheless a worthy showcase of one of the world's most compelling physical talents at the peak of his ability.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

September 7, 2007

This professional review refers to Flash Point (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
In Flash Point, Donnie Yen is the man - and don't you forget it. The action star is at his most powerful and preening in Flash Point, the third collaboration between Yen and director Wilson Yip. Unlike their previous films, SPL and Dragon Tiger Gate, Flash Point is a stripped-down action film, losing any extra flab (e.g., intricate storytelling or character history) for what amounts to an eighty-seven minute freight train of Donnie Yen goodness, starting with muscular posing and ending with an extended finale designed for Yen to apply maximum damage to his foes and his environment. Meanwhile, there's no attempt to wow us with complex emotions or narrative dexterity - basically, this movie is a straight gunshot to the heart, and does nothing fancy to subtract from its simplistic aims. The result could probably not be called a good film, but for its intended audience, Flash Point is like a dose of crack. If you're an action addict, then this movie will satiate your needs. And at least it's not pretentious.

Yen is Inspector Ma, the same protagonist from the 2005 action fan-favorite SPL. Flash Point takes place prior to Ma's involvement with Simon Yam, Sammo Hung, etc., so he's even more explosively angry than in that film, having not been tempered by his unfortunate crippling of a suspect (played in SPL by Timmy Hung, who also shows up in Flash Point as likely a different character). Ma gets vein-busting upset thanks to his new predicament: partner Wilson (Louis Koo) is on undercover assignment, and the bad guys he's assigned to are a particularly surly lot who probably would have no hesitation about offing Wilson if they knew he was a mole. Wilson is looking to bust Archer (Ray Lui), Tony (Collin Chou), and Tiger (Xing Yu, who played "Coolie" in Kung Fu Hustle), and has managed to ingratiate himself into their inner circle. However, Wilson's existence in the gang is precarious, a fact ably conveyed by Louis Koo's sweat, which oozes from his pores along with the actor's trademark overacting. The cops eventually use Wilson's intel to nab Archer, and secure numerous witnesses to testify. However, both Tony and Tiger are still on the loose, and since both are kung-fu badasses, nobody is truly safe.

However, Tony and Tiger are just kung-fu badasses, and not supreme kung-fu badasses like Inspector Ma, meaning they're doomed once the film sheds its weak plot and aims for the action. Flash Point has a simple story, littered with stock characters and situations that lack creativity and sometimes credibility. Basically, the bad guys are obvious scumbags, while the good guys are righteous do-gooders leashed by crappy bureaucracy. Ma is under investigation because he's so prone to violence, and his superior officers seem more concerned with pointless protocol instead of actual crime fighting. Events in Flash Point seldom possess any narrative cleverness; more often than not, it's the stupidity of the police force that gets the characters in continuing trouble. The witnesses sometimes have no security measures to ensure their safety, making it very easy for the bad guys to pick them off one by one. Even Ma and his loyal cop buddies are a little slow. You would think somebody would consider protecting Wilson's girlfriend (the ever-beautiful Fan Bing-Bing), as the bad guys could conceivably kidnap her to use as a bargaining chip to prevent Wilson from testifying. No dice. She's easily nabbed, leading to the film's protracted action ending, which is full of kicks and punches, but not much in the way of surprise. As storylines go, Flash Point is as routine and unimaginative as you can get.

But just when things look bleak for Flash Point, the film unleashes its ultimate asset: Donnie Yen. The Yenster shows up big time, throwing his weight around both in front of and likely behind the camera. Despite Wilson Yip's name on the film, Flash Point feels like a full-on Donnie Yen party, showing the action hero at his most glorified best. There's less obvious posing then in previous Yen-Yip collaborations, and nothing in Flash Point approaches the egregious "flailing arms" silliness of Dragon Tiger Gate. Still, when it's time for Donnie Yen to take the spotlight, he practically destroys his co-stars with his pronounced physical overacting. Yen eats up the screen during the film's climactic action finale, giving the audience a face-full of Donnie Yen acting angry, righteous, and above all, cool. The martial arts sequences seem to have two purposes: A) to entertain the audience with maximum impact, and B) to allow Donnie Yen the chance to act like a supreme, self-anointed badass. Granted, Yen does have the presence of an intense, skilled fighter, so convincing the audience of his badass status is not hard.

But can he do it without engendering laughs from more aware audience members? Unfortunately, the answer is: probably not. Donnie Yen convinces when handling action, but his charisma as an actual actor is occasionally lacking, and sometimes even veers uncomfortably into laughable territory. Yen is a remarkably showy actor, and too often appears to be aware of his own seemingly super-cool appearance - which is why it's so hard to take his screen presence seriously. In Flash Point, we get the full range of Donnie Yen overacting, especially during the final fight with Collin Chou, which feels like twenty minutes of Yen beating the crap out of someone else with little or no chance that he will actually lose. When pauses in the action do occur, it's usually for some posturing or attitude that play as non-verbal shorthand for, "Man, do I kick ass!" I believe that he probably does kick ass, but the unintentional funny factor is hard to completely ignore. Yen's movies usually seem to be as much about the star as they are about the film itself, such that they have a hard time transcending their label as mere showcases for Donnie Yen's manly image.

The above is especially true in something like Flash Point, where the storyline has been stripped down to almost nothingness. There is a certain appeal to such a routine, clutter-free narrative, as some movies like this - that is, only barely plotted action blowouts - were fan favorites back in the eighties. The film features your standard cop themes, like justice, righteousness, and how police brutality is largely excusable, but Flash Point doesn't bother to add extra weight to its proceedings. There is no "handover/reunion" pseudo-thematic stuff like in SPL, and the pathos is largely perfunctory and not felt; this movie has cops, bad guys, and lots of people getting hurt, and that's practically all the audience is made aware of. There is some minor detail involving mothers (both the bad guys and good guys care for their own), but even that becomes an afterthought. In many ways, the film fails to engage, and that could even be a plus. The filmmakers get some points for serving up high-impact action in such a no-nonsense form, and though it would have been nice had a decent story been in their game plan, the fact that there isn't means even more room for balls-to-the-wall action.

And when the action is as bone-crunching as it is here, do people really care about story? The first two-thirds of Flash Point is your basic plot set-up, introducing generic characters and generic conflicts, and the film only occasionally affects during that time. After that, it's action city, as Donnie Yen goes postal on Xing Yu in a restaurant-set showdown that could induce head trauma. After that, the film races towards its head-smashing climax, with the incredibly long one-on-one duel between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou ranking up there for high-impact bone trauma. Besides completely owning Chou with his powerful legs (Ma seems to have a thing for clamping people's necks with his scissor-like thighs), Yen repeatedly smacks Chou into whatever stationary object is nearby, e.g. cinder blocks, supporting beams, or cement walls. Following that, Chou usually writhes in pain on the floor, while Yen stands (or dances) around, waiting for Chou to get back up. Rinse and repeat. Those who like to watch someone get smashed into floors, walls, bricks, and beams while someone else prances around victoriously should get a kick out of Yen's punishment of Chou. Never has a man had more trouble with architecture or flamboyant grandstanding than Collin Chou.

It's action addicts - or maybe action film apologists - who'll find the most to like in Flash Point. This is far from good filmmaking, but its purity as screen fighting junk will make it review-proof for a good many. Sometimes people just want action, and the fighting on display in Flash Point is tough and hard enough to satisfy. Beyond that, the film is no great shakes, possessing sloppy plotting, noticeable anachronisms (the film takes place pre-Handover, but some technology is obviously 21st century), and an amount of overacting that surely taxes any tolerable quota (Donnie Yen isn't the only guilty party here). Flash Point also won't dethrone SPL as the Donnie Yen-Wilson Yip collaboration of choice, as SPL had solid acting and some actual surprise, plus it had the killer Donnie Yen-Wu Jing alleyway duel. That fight was short, sweet, and charged with an emotional energy that outshines anything here. As martial arts vehicles go, Flash Point is a satisfying enough diversion, but it could easily have been better. However, with Dragon Tiger Gate as a measure, it could also have been much, much worse. Let's count our blessings.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Flash Point (2007) (Blu-ray) (Vicol Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.2 out of 10 (13)

Yasar
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October 15, 2009

This customer review refers to Flash Point (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

great action Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I have been a Donnie Yen fan for few years.In the 2000's he was probably one of the most entertaining martial arts actor on screen.Over the past few years he has proven himself not just as martial arts actor but also a fight choreographer and a stunt performer.

Flash Point was Donnie Yen's third collabaration with the director Wilson Yip.The film is not as good as SPL because the story is way too thin and the running time should have been at least 110 mins instead of 88-minutes long.But the film is still entertaining thanks to brilliantly choreographed action by Yen and his team.And you can tell the challenges of filming and communicating the essence of MMA techniques in the dramatics of the film.

The two disc limited edition is good but the extras could of been long but there ok.It has interviews,deleted scene much more.
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August 26, 2008

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Donnie Yen at his best. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
One would expect so much from another collaboration between Yen and Yip after there hugely successful SPL. This film has many aspects that is similar to the fore mentioned picture, with Donnie playing his hard hitting cop as usual, a fearful mob boss (this time played by the under rated Collin Chou), an under cover cop (Louis Koo) and one heck of a throwdown that surpasses SPL's Sammo Vs. Donnie.

The story has been done countless of times and is pretty much predictable so don't go expecting an intense thriller because you will be disappointed. Without Donnie Yen and co. the film would have failed but because of Donnie's action it succeeds by delivering full contact confrontations that has been lacking in recent HK films. Much of the picture is focused on the drama and like SPL the action does not come until later on in the picture but when it does come it such a refreshing choreography. During the start of the film the action scenes are very brief and provides as a taster to what is to come, with a brif cameo from JC stuntman Ben Lam (Legend of the wolf) but unfortunately he does not let loose any martial artistry.

The highlight of the film is definitly the fight between Collin and Donnie and it does not fail to disappoint this alone is worth watching the film for it is a 20 minute long har hitting full contact sparring between 2 great martial artists.
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May 6, 2008

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Donnie Yen's signature kick Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is a typical good against evil kind of movie. 3 Vietnamese brothers, eldest likes to show off, the other two can fight. They ventured into illegal activities while Louis Koo is an undercover cop working for them. Storyline is simple and fine. Don't worry, once in awhile you will be entertained by some humor from Louis Koo. Donnie Yen? Well, if you have watched Donnie Yen's SPL (same director for Flash Point), you might be disappointed with his fighting style here. I went for this movie because of Donnie Yen. I love the way he fights. However, he seems to use more on Judo (not sure) instead of his common punches and kicks. That is why I still prefer the fighting scenes from SPL where you can really see how DY fights his opponents and the way he moves or even counterattacks. Overall, worth watching, go see how Donnie Yen kicks the crooks with style!!
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March 26, 2008

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Impressive Stuff Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Definitely a movie worth buying!
The fight scenes are so amazing that you wince in pain and grit your teeth in agonising fear that Donnie Yen's punch may make its way out of the television and fly inches from your face due to his sheer power...
Good plot, great actors and amazing fights!
Recommend this film to anyone who loves their action movies!
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George
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February 24, 2008

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Hong Kong Action is back!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Isn't it embarrassing that when you see all those Hollywood awards going to 'best fight' or 'best stunt' they do it without ever list an A-grade film like this or numerous other Asian actioneers? Lets face it, there is nothing that America can pull off that comes close to the excitement, power and energy of this, or any Yen and Yip collaberation. Flash point rocks! My disc is almost worn out from watching it over and over again. The golden age of HK cinema is surely coming back!!!!!
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