If you're a fan of Hong Kong police flicks, then you know that at any given moment, it seems like 50 percent of the force is deep undercover in the triads. You'd think by now that when some new guy shows up and wants to join the gang, the triad bosses would simply say no thanks, but then we wouldn't have any screenplays.
In Flash Point, the undercover cop in question is Wilson (Louis Koo), whose partner, the volcanic Jun Ma (Donnie Yen), keeps in touch via cell phone. Wilson is working for a drug gang led by three psychotic Vietnamese brothers (including Collin Chou as Tony) who, when they aren't torturing and killing people, are worrying about their sweet old mother, who is slipping into dementia. That's a unique touch.
When Wilson's cover is inevitably blown, he and Jun Ma start racing around Hong Kong trying to extinguish the gang. Jun Ma is a troublesome cop cut from Dirty Harry cloth. The mugs he chases after often turn up injured or dead, and when he's called in front of a disciplinary board to explain his actions, he reacts with utter scorn. "I'm a cop," he says. "I catch crooks. What more do you want from me?" Perhaps less collateral damage. In one epic two-man street brawl, the bad guy picks up a small child to use as a human shield and then flings him to his death just to piss Jun Ma off. It works.
Before Flash Point makes its way toward a final all-out kickfest between Jun Ma and Tony, it passes through a hospital, where the gang has arrived to kill Wilson and kidnap his injured girlfriend. And how was she injured, you might ask? Let's just say that in Hong Kong, you never know when the chicken you order from the restaurant down the block will arrive stuffed with high explosives.
The hospital shootout is actually pretty great, and one can't help but think that if you're going to get shot, there's no better place for it than in a hospital. Eventually, almost everyone is beaten, stabbed, shot, or blown up, which is how Hong Kong justice seems to work. It's never dull, and let's acknowledge the fierce fighting work of Donnie Yen, who is getting too old for this kind of thing but just keeps on going. And while we're at it, let's honor his teeth. This guy really has the most perfect set of choppers in all of Asia. How he has protected those pearly whites from all the flying kicks to the face he's received over the years is a mystery to me.
Aka Dou fo sin.
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