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SPL: Sha po lang (2005)

A near retired inspector and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with his replacement, who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top henchmen to put an end to their dirty schemes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chan Kwok Chung
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Wong Po (as Sammo Hung)
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Jack
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Lok Kwun Wah (as Liu Kai Chi)
Danny Summer ...
Kwok Tsz Sum
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Lee Wai Lok
Austin Wai ...
Cheung Chun Fei
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Drug Trafficker
Tat Chi Chan ...
Policeman (as Chan Tat Chee)
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Wong Po's wife (as Liang Jing Kei)
Vincent Sze ...
Chan Wai
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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Release Date:

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Kill Zone  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$954,211
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the final fight sequence, Donnie's shoes change from boots to sneakers in several shots. See more »

Connections

Followed by Sha po lang 2 (2015) See more »

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The Trick
Performed by The Prodigy
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One of the best Hong Kong action flicks in the last decade!

What do you get when you pair two martial arts legends against each other, throw in a dark, gripping, sadistic story and a boat-load of action? Well, that's simple: you get one of the best Hong Kong action flicks of recent memory. "SPL" brings it all back home and it does in violent fashion. Donnie Yen leads a cast that also includes Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Wu Jing. I loved everything about this movie. I thought all the actors were great. I thought the story was good. The action was just brilliant! Donnie Yen's fight choreography is some of the best work he's ever done (check out the alley fight scene against Wu Jing). He mixes traditional kung fu with a little UFC grappling which I thought was pretty cool. Seeing Donnie and Sammo face off for the very first time was quite astonishing. Some of you may agree, some might not, but I think Donnie Yen is the most underrated action actors of them all. I love Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but they're like Van Damme and Seagal. They play the same character in every film. Donnie, on the other hand, is a much more versatile actor who's willing to play supporting roles or even villainous roles. It's really a shame that he can't get the Hollywood leading roles that often go to Jackie or Jet. But that could change soon. In the mean time, check this movie out! You'll love it.


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