Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
This week, Action-Flix creator John M Jerva brings you the iconic and climatic fight between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou from director Wilson Yip’s classic Flash Point
By: John M Jerva
Happy Friday Action-Flix Fanatics! First of all, I want to thank The Cinema Drunkie for creating FOOT FIST FRIDAYS which gives all of us here at the site the chance to talk about some of our favorite empty handed altercations in action cinema history. It’s been a busy couple of months and besides keeping up with the news and trailer releases, I really haven’t had the time to do more reviews and other posts like this. It feels good to talk about some of my favorite and most kick ass scenes where some of the best action stars engaged in cinematic fisticuffs that had no equal.
For my first entry in the new series here on the site I chose the climatic and extended throwdown from 2007’s Hong Kong martial arts police thriller Flash Point which stars the iconic Donnie Yen as well as Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Lui Leung-wai, Fan Bingbing and Xing Yu. This was the second collaboration between Yen and director Wilson Yip with their first film being the standout SPL.
This was the period of Yen’s career where he started to mix it up with his onscreen fight scenes by utilizing MMA techniques to go along with the flash and brutality of Hong Kong action cinema. Yen’s movies during this time, which also includes the recent Big Brother where Yen returned to this style of fight choreography, have arguably the best he has to offer in terms of empty hand beatdowns on screen.
Even though Flash Point wasn’t as much as a success critically with audiences like SPL, it is still rendered one of Yen’s best in terms of fights. The plot for the most part is simple as Yen stars as Detective Ma Jun, who is best known for dispensing his own brand of justice, as he teams up with an undercover officer played by Louis Koo to infiltrate a vicious Triad group led by three brothers (Chou, Lui and Xing). Things go awry of course and it all culminates into one of the best scenes that martial arts cinema has to offer as Yen and Chou engage in what has to be a battle for the ages.
The scene runs alm ost 10 minutes in length and during it, Yen and Chou break out all their best moves which includes some patented aerial moves as well as intricate locks and manipulations and takedowns that go along with the MMA style of fighting. The fight literally goes back and forth until Yen gains the upper hand and finishes Chou off with a display of breathtaking moves that have to be seen to be believed. What makes this fight standout also is that both men bleed and both men take turns dishing out the punishment on each other. If you’re a fan of action, martial martial arts or Hong Kong cinema then thios fight has to be at the top of the list.
While looking up some facts on the IMDb, it was interesting to learn that this fight was hailed by both comatents as one of the hardest ones that they had ever done on screen. When it was released, it was also stated that this was a prequel to SPL, with Yen playing the same character but Yen debunked those rumors later saying that this film was a seperate entity.
I love this film because although there a action scenes peppered throughout the film, none of them have the ferocity and awesomeness as the final fight. It was like Yip and Yen were building the audience up, gic=ving them little tastes of what was to come.
I have been a fan of Donnie Yen’s ever since the 80’s and I feel that he has done some of the best work in his later years and he moves just as good as ever. Flash Point is over 10 years now but it still stands out as one of the best fight flicks Yen has made and the ending is worth the price of admission alone. The plot might be standard but it’s all about the action here and in that regard, Yen delivers in spades!
Don’t take my word for it though. Watch the classic beatdown below!Happy Friday!
About The Author: John M Jerva is the owner and editor-in-chief of Action-Flix.com and is a DIE HARD fan of everyhting Action! From the glorious past to the thrilling future, John lives and breathes action!