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SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
"Saat po long" (original title)

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A near retired cop and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top assassin to kill the cops.

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Wong Po (as Sammo Hung)
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Insp. Lo Kwun-Wah (as Liu Kai Chi)
Ken Chang ...
Insp. Lee Wai-Lok
Danny Summer ...
Insp. Kwok Tsz-Sum
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Jack (as Jing Wu)
Austin Wai ...
Cheung Chun-Fei
Vincent Sze ...
Kin Leung Yuen ...
Murder witness (as Yuen Kin Leung)
Kenji Tanigaki ...
Wong Po's Henchman
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Hin-Wai Au ...
Wong Po's lawyer
Tat Chi Chan ...
Uncle Ba (as Chan Tat Chee)
Timmy Hung ...
Drug trafficker
Jeff Kam ...
Bottle-throwing gangster
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Chan, an articulate senior detective nearing the end of his career, is taking care of the daughter of a witness killed by ruthless crime lord Po. Martial arts expert Ma is set to take over as head of the crime unit, replacing Chan who wants an early retirement. Written by Easternlight Films

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$277,473 (Hong Kong) (18 November 2005)

Gross:

$950,488 (Hong Kong) (16 December 2005)
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Wilson Yip originally planned to shoot a lengthy intro sequence showing a close relationship between Wong Po and Jack. But the budget was limited so the idea was scrapped. See more »

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Despite taking place in the late-1990s, Donnie Yen plays The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle, first released in 2002. See more »

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Great fight choreography, mediocre story
14 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is some of the best fight choreography I have ever seen in 25+ years of watching martial arts films. The action was so exciting the entire crowd I was with in the theater were howling with delight. Sadly it is so rare nowadays to see a martial arts film where real martial artists are fighting instead of pop stars on wires, and it makes such a huge difference because Donnie, Sammo and Jacky Wu were simply incredible. My only complaint with the action was that there was not enough of it. Donnie Yen has finally joined the ranks of great fight choreographers with S.P.L.

As good as the action was though, the story fell flat for me and put the film into the "Very Good" category when it could have been "Great". They tried for an "Infernal Affairs" style police thriller and didn't nearly hit the mark. While Simon Yam and Sammo Hung were both great in their parts, the other acting was just functional and the story had way too much overdone melodramatic content that seemed very forced. The emotional arc of the picture was pretty much set up right at the beginning and would have been sufficient, but they had to keep laying on the unrealistic drama and it did slightly take away from my enjoyment of the film. Another criticism with the story was that it seemed like parts may have been cut from the film, because some pieces of the story that earlier had seemed pretty insignificant became a big deal towards the end of the film and it felt like it came out of nowhere, like we weren't told everything.

Having said that though, my negative criticism about the story should not stop you at all from seeing this film. I didn't go into S.P.L. expecting The Godfather, I just wanted to see some incredible martial arts action and I got it. I cannot wait to see what Donnie will do next.


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