The word "flag" is based on the computer programming, it's used for branch of parameter. now we use it for branch of "the character's dead or alive". that's "Death flag". if the character get this flag, It's highly likely that "flagged" character never appear the ending of the movie.
Here, the most popular "Death flag" examples.
・grinning at intimidating situation
・saying about lover/future like that "when it's over, I'll be with my girl..."
(※actually, this time, that line was said by Samuel Pang's character)
・reticence/blankness character takes smiling
・professional/expert character finished his/her mission and breathes freely a moment.
・a character resorting to bravado suddenly go whimper
・trying escape from inescapable powerful evil/foe recklessly
・overestimating his/her own abilities and underestimating an opponent
・getting a counter from an opponent that be underestimating by him/her and being murderously angry
・being the trusty sword of evil group's boss
・having one-on-one fight with the hero
over and over again Oops...
There is another famous death flag in Hong Kong movies...
・the character who loved/fixated by the character who played by Andy Lau
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