Movie Review – Flash Point (Dao huo xian) – Donnie Yen Pornography

Flash Point

Detective Sergeant of Serious Crimes Unit, Jun (Donnie Yen) detests crime and his lifelong nemeses are a Vietnamese gang of three brothers – Archer, Tony and Tiger. In order to further infiltrate the gang and fight them from within, Jun has planted a mole, Wilson (Louis Koo), who has managed to gain the complete trust of the gang. However, Wilson’s dual role is exposed and resulting battles leave him handicapped for life. The day before Tiger’s trial, Archer turns up at the hospital to wipe out their only witness, Wilson.

After the superb movie that was SPL (Sha Po Lang) and the disaster that was Dragon Tiger Gate (Loong Fu Moon) was wondering what this Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen colloboration would be all about.

Apparently it originally penned a prequel to SPL, but didn’t quite make it. I guess it’s a pseudo sequel with Donnie playing the same character – Inspector Ma.

The movie is basically Donnie Yen pornography to put it in no uncertain terms, if you aren’t a great fan of him (yeah we know he can’t act) it’s definitely worth watching for the action and fight scenes.

It reminds me of the excellent 80’s heydeys of superb action/martial arts movies coming out of hong kong. Bone crunching fights that make you flinch when the blows land, none of this fancy smooth fighting from the modern movies that doesn’t look like it hurts.

We need more of this, more pain, more Tony Jaa.

There’s a thought, Tony Jaa versus Donnie Yen – hell of a movie that would be. Back it up with Wu Jing and Colin Chou and you have a hell of a fight.

Anyway back to the point, there is virtually no plot to this movie, some normal cop stuff, beauracracy and villains love their mothers. Other than that…not much.

Louis Koo plays a pussy AGAIN…then the action starts.

Colin Chou plays one hell of a badass, the first fight scene has some incredible intensity.

Donnie plays his character well enough, he can’t act for shit, but he’s an EXTREMELY convincing fighter on looks painful.

Inspector Ma - Donnie Yen

The last 30 minutes contain one of the craziest fight scenes ever, apart from the fact Colin Chou just seems to become a rechargeable dummy for Donnie to kick the shit out of (whilst being an incredible tough guy for the rest of the movie) it’s an awe inspiring fight to watch.

The action is superb, it’s non-stop pretty much.

The other characters are nothing much worth mentioning.

If you are looking for something deep and meaningful, don’t bother with this.

If you want to see Donnie Yen strutting round like a model and destroying loads of people in crazy fights…THEN WATCH THIS NOW.

I highly recommend it and completely enjoyed it, one of the most enjoyable movies of the year so far.

I give it a nosebleeding (watch the out-takes) 8.5/10.

PS. If you want to read a damn funny review – read here.




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9 Responses to Movie Review – Flash Point (Dao huo xian) – Donnie Yen Pornography

  1. keeyit August 17, 2007 at 2:36 pm #


    Not bad.. Good movie..
    I watched too.. I like the Donnie Yen’s action movie..

  2. Jason CW TAN August 17, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    watched it ald, not too bad

    try flashpoint vs Invisble target

  3. TZ August 19, 2007 at 1:31 am #

    Seems like this is movie has a good review. Will plan to watch… 🙂

  4. gazard August 19, 2007 at 9:50 am #

    Heheh, you called it Donnie Yen Pornography.

  5. rainerteh August 25, 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    er why is it called donnie yen porn? there isn’t any nudity is there?

    btw i really enjoyed his performance in “Hero” with Jet Li…

  6. ShaolinTiger August 27, 2007 at 2:10 pm #

    keeyit: The last 20 minutes were just fantastic!

    Jason CW TAN: I haven’t watched Invisible Target, will probably grab the DVD.

    TZ: Definitely worth a watch, don’t miss it!

    gazard: Well it is right 😛

    rainerteh: Well he’s topless in the first half haha, don’t be so literal la. It means the movie is just about Donnie and how much he KICKS ASS, that’s all.

  7. iamyuanwu August 30, 2007 at 5:07 pm #

    H*ll yeah! The movie fights non stop from start to finish… until the story itself became redundant.

    Did anyone noticed that the guns they use were similar to Counter Strike? The sniper, AK-47s, hand guns…
    Donnie Yen is Counter Strike fan kah? =P

  8. ShaolinTiger September 5, 2007 at 1:38 am #

    iamyuanwu: Great action eh? Yeah I noticed that, just lacking some knife walking haha.

  9. yae xiban March 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    Flash Point has to be the best martial arts actioner of the last decade.

    In terms of martial arts choreography, it elevates the already high level fights seen in SHA PO LANG with the all time great Sammo Hung and wushu-virtuoso Wu Jing into a whole new MMA (mixed martial arts) based movie-combat.

    The result are great non stop fights combining standing techniques of punches, elbow, kicks, knees, head butts, etc. with incredible grappling and groundfighting skills such as triangles, armbars, lion killers and more…

    The fights have really good tempo, you can tell Donnie Yen is in full liberty form the durector to do whatever he wants in terms of fights, Xing Yu does a great job receiving his punches to the face! But to me, Collin Chou is the one that steals the show!

    Lastly, apparently Collin Chou had a ball making this project, on this interview he mentions something about it

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