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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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Cast

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Wong Po (as Sammo Hung)
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Jack (as Jing Wu)
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Lok Kwun Wah (as Liu Kai Chi)
Danny Summer ...
Kwok Tsz Sum
Ken Chang ...
Lee Wai Lok
Austin Wai ...
Cheung Chun Fei
Timmy Hung ...
Drug Trafficker
Tat Chi Chan ...
Policeman (as Chan Tat Chee)
Jingke Liang ...
Wong Po's wife (as Liang Jing Kei)
Vincent Sze ...
Kenji Tanigaki ...
Wong Po's Bodyguard
Ching-Lam Lau ...
Hoi Yee (as Lau Ching Lam)
Maggie Poon ...
Sum's Daughter (as Maggie Poon Mei Ki)
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$950,488 (Hong Kong) (16 December 2005)
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Trivia

The film marked the first collaboration between Donnie Yen and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. In actuality, the two had planned to make their first collaboration in the late 1980s which never came through due to schedule conflicts. Sammo was producing the action film Into the Fire (1989) and Donnie was supposed to play one of the lead roles that was eventually played by Donnie's future co-star Collin Chou. See more »

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Simon and his gang of members were on their way to the crime scene when a police undercover was murdered and crossed path with a geek that had apparently videotaped the murder. He was not detained at all despite holding a video-cam in his hand and the guys just let him walked away. The next thing you know that same geek turned up at the police station. See more »

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The best Hong Kong action movie in years
17 April 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

SPL is definitely one to import from Asia, since the Weinsteins have picked up English-language rights, which means we can expect the film to be rescored by a cheap computer program, dubbed into English by failed children's' TV presenters and cut to buggery – which is pretty criminal considering this is the best Hong Kong actioner in years, featuring superb performances from Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and Simon Yam and some seriously vicious I'm-not-showing-off-I-really-want-to-kill-you fight scenes. The plot is fairly standard, with Yam's dying cop on the verge of retirement crossing the line to put away Hung's very unpleasant gang lord (there's NOTHING lovable about Sammo here), implicating his replacement Yen and dooming his men as everything goes seriously wrong, but it's the execution that raises it above the norm. Aside from the brutal and convincing fight scenes superbly staged by Yen, Wai-Sun Yip's direction of the film around them is particularly strong, managing to balance a stylish but not overpowering visual sense with a gravitas and grasp of character that gives the inevitable violence more weight.

That's not to say there aren't plot holes – in one scene Hung's wife is incapable of having children and in the next she's got a one-month old child, while no police force in the world would release a criminal when they have video footage of him playing golf with an undercover cop's head even if he doesn't deliver the coup de grace – but there are fewer than usual for the genre, and if you can make allowances the strengths far outweigh them.


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