Fisherman Ah-Hai is found dead of self-immolation during a village protest against a petrochemical company, an incident which instantly makes media headlines. Medical examiner Chou (Kang Jen Wu) is assigned to work on the case with Public Prosecutor Jin, who happens to be Chou’s former fiancé. They quickly suspect that Ah-Hai did not intend to self-immolate. As they seek to uncover the truth, Chou and Jin become entangled in a web of complicated business and political maneuvers, risking their personal safety and well-being.
High Flash strikes an intricate balance between plot-driven thriller and character-driven social drama. Underpinning the truth-seeking mission of Chou and Jin is a critique against a capitalist-driven society. Yet the film is by no means a one-sided tale, as it also explores the moral ambiguity of the protesters and villagers. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in the end, who is to decide what actions are justified in the name of pursuing justice? -BX