Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal) (2007)
Critic Consensus: Flash Point features some nice mindless martial-arts action, but too much of the already thin story treads familiar ground.
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SPL power duo Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen re-team for this raucous action film about a loose-cannon cop on the trail of three drug-dealing brothers. Jun (Yen) is the kind of cop who always gets his man, but may set a whole city block ablaze in the process. Though his superiors are constantly on his case, Jun knows how to get the job done and never hesitates to innovate in times of crisis. Archer (Lui Leung Wai), Tony (Collin Chou), and Tiger (Xing Yu) are three dope slingers who supply the product for much of the local drug trade, and Jun is determined to take them down at all costs. Assisting Jun in his task is undercover cop Wilson (Louis Koo), a seasoned veteran capable of infiltrating the gang and gaining their trust. Though Wilson is at first successful in his mission, his cover is soon blown and a fierce battle leaves him unable to walk on his own. Fortunately for the good guys, Archer is captured in the violent fracas. While at first this seems like a major coup for law enforcement, the small victory takes a grim turn when vengeful brother Tiger vows to eliminate sole witness Wilson before the case ever goes to trial. … More
|Rating:||R (for strong bloody violence and brutal martial arts action)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure|
|Directed By:||Yip Wai-Shun, Wilson Yip|
|Written By:||Szeto Kam Yuen, Sze-to Kam-yun, Nicholl Tang|
|In Theaters:||Aug 2, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Apr 22, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal)
Yen has developed a recent passion for mixed martial arts, and his more traditional punches and flying kicks are supplemented by some close-quarters Muay Thai kicks and even some jujitsu submission holds. Ultimate Fighting Championship fans will be happy.
Flash Point comes loaded with cliches and immediately starts blasting them in every direction.
Not even a choice ass-whupping can make up for the plodding familiarity that precedes it.
Flash Point plays like the last hurrah of a criminal underclass facing the inevitable shrinking of its bottom line.
Audience Reviews for Dao huo xian (City Without Mercy) (Flash Point) (Fuse) (The Signal)
Superb HK action film with martial arts superstar Donnie Yen and it boasts some incredible action sequences with explosive hard hitting fight combinations. Mixing many styles, Yen has created some extraordinary fight scenes for this movie.
The camera-work is spot on and captures the intensity and struggle of the combat with the close up shots, whilst letting us see the incredible display of martial arts fighting with the longer shots.
a slight step up from kill zone for me as yip and yen come back together for another decent martial arts cop drama. the story was serviceable at best, but the film was massively entertaining and the fight sequences were solid.
Like SPL, it could have been a lot better, seems they are just stretching a very simple story way more than they should. If you really can't write a story like Infernal Affairs then just don't try it, just go for the action.
That said, the final fight between Donnie and Collin should be the new standard that every figthing movie should follow from now on.
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