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Kill Zone - S.P.L. (2005) More at IMDbPro »Saat po long (original title)

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Release Date:
18 November 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Insp. Chan Kwok-Chung

Donnie Yen ... Insp. Ma Kwun

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo ... Wong Po (as Sammo Hung)

Kai Chi Liu ... Insp. Lo Kwun-Wah (as Liu Kai Chi)
Ken Chang ... Insp. Lee Wai-Lok
Danny Summer ... Insp. Kwok Tsz-Sum

Jacky Wu ... Jack (as Jing Wu)
Austin Wai ... Cheung Chun-Fei
Vincent Sze ... Chan Wai
Kin Leung Yuen ... Murder witness (as Yuen Kin Leung)
Kenji Tanigaki ... Wong Po's Henchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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
Ching-Lam Lau ... Hoi Yee (as Lau Ching Lam)
Jingke Liang ... Wong Po's wife (as Liang Jing Kei)
Maggie Poon ... Sum's daughter (as Maggie Poon Mei Ki)
Tung So ... Wong Po's bodyguard (as So Tung)
Chris Tsui ... Wong Po's bodyguard
Hua Yan ... Gangster in crowd
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Directed by
Wilson Yip  (as Yip Wai Shun)
 
Writing credits
Wilson Yip (written by) (as Yip Wai Shun) &
Kam-Yuen Szeto (written by) (as Szeto Kam Yuen) &
Wai Lun Ng (written by) (as Ng Wai Lun)

Produced by
Tat Chi Chan .... executive producer
Carl Chang .... producer
Paco Wong .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan  (as Chan Kwong Wing)
 
Cinematography by
Wah-Chuen Lam (director of photography) (as Lam Yah Chuen)
 
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung  (as Cheung Ka Fai)
 
Production Design by
Kenneth Mak 
 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Mak 
 
Costume Design by
Steven Tsang 
 
Makeup Department
Kakusei Fujiwara .... special makeup effects artist
Siu-Yee Fung .... hair stylist (as Fong Sio I.)
Heidy Chun Sau Ha .... makeup artist (as Chan Sau Han)
 
Production Management
Shing Hung Chan .... unit manager (as Andy Chan Shing Hung)
Yiu-Wah Chan .... assistant production manager (as Chan Wai Wah)
Yuk-Lam Pang .... production manager (as Pang Yuk Lam)
Tsz Kin Tsang .... assistant production manager (as Tsang Tsz Kin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kam-Man Hui .... second assistant director (as Hui Kam Man)
Cheong Leung Tim .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kung Chan .... props (as Chan Kung)
Wai Ming Lam .... property master (as Lam Wai Ming)
Yu Chung Wong .... props (as Wong Yu Chung)
 
Sound Department
Ngai Cheung .... dubbing: Mandarin (as Cheung Ngai)
Chung Wai Leung .... sound recordist (as Leung Chung Wai)
Chung-hau Leung .... assistant sound recordist (as Leung Chung Hau)
Terry Shek .... dialogue editor (as Terry Shek Chun Kin)
Terry Shek .... dialogue recordist (as Terry Shek Chun Kin)
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound
Kinson Tsang .... sound re-recording mixer
Kinson Tsang .... sound
Fung Yan Wong .... dubbing: Cantonese (as Wong Fung Yan)
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound (as Yiu Keung George Lee)
Ting Yip Yuen .... dialogue editor (as Yuen Ting Yip)
Ting Yip Yuen .... dialogue recordist (as Yuen Ting Yip)
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Chan .... CGI artist
Olivia Choi .... visual effects coordinator
Koan Hui .... visual effects supervisor
Henri Wong .... CGI artist
Olivia Yapp .... CGI artist
K.K. Young .... CGI artist
 
Stunts
Jun'ya Iwamoto .... action choreographer (as Iwamoto Junya)
Tung So .... action choreographer (as So Tung)
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer (as Tanigaki Kenji)
Jack Wong Wai Leung .... action choreographer (as Wong Wai Leung)
Hua Yan .... action choreographer (as Yan Hua)
Donnie Yen .... action director
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action choreographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Man Po Cheung .... camera operator: second unit (as Cheung Man Po)
Wing Lun Chow .... gaffer (as Alan Chow Wing Lun)
Wing Chai Ko .... best boy (as Ko Wing Chai)
Lau-fai Lo .... best boy (as Lo Lau Fai)
Hoi-man Mak .... focus puller (as Mak Hoi Man)
Man-Ching Ng .... gaffer (as Ng Man Ching)
Chun Chung Tsang .... focus puller (as Tsang Chun Chung)
Jupiter Wong .... still photographer (as Jupiter Wong Kin Man)
Wai Lun Wong .... still photographer (as Wong Wai Lun)
Wang-Fai Wong .... still photographer (as Billy Wong Hung Fei)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eva Law .... assistant costume designer (as Eva La Pui Sho)
Ping Tong .... wardrobe (as Tong Ping)
Bruce Yu .... costume consultant
 
Editorial Department
Sornrop Chankeewong .... digital intermediate producer (as Sornrob Choiekeewong)
Pawadee Chantanom .... digital intermediate executive producer
Deborah Huen .... telecine colorist (as Debora Huen)
Piyanut Kaeomaneo .... assistant digital output technician
Kritsada Kaewmanee .... technical supervisor: computer graphics
Ruangdack Kratukrok .... assistant telecine colorist
Kaewla Notsukhum .... telecine colorist (as Kaewla Netsukhum)
Supamol Pleumchusak .... digital colorist
Supamol Pleumchusak .... digital timer
Nepasnan S. .... digital intermediate producer (as Napasman S.)
Pornopol Sakarin .... technical supervisor: computer graphics
Padtanasak Sangchod .... digital output technician
Roekcha Shakowatananon .... digital on-line editor
Suwil Tiwakornkul .... assistant digital on-line editor
Passakorn Yaisiri .... digital colorist
Passakorn Yaisiri .... digital timer
 
Music Department
Ken Chan .... composer: additional music
Taq .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Yuen Kan Cheng .... production coordinator (as Cheng Yuen Kan)
Ke Ming Lin .... assistant: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Pisit Lixibunnakorn .... laboratory consultant
Calmen Lui .... laboratory consultant (as Calmen Lui Lai Wah)
Chi On Mak .... script supervisor
Pairoj Prempri .... laboratory consultant
Pison Santawanpas .... laboratory consultant
Chun Ling Tao .... production coordinator (as Tao Chun Ling)
Chris Tsui .... assistant: Donnie Yen (as Chirs Tsui)
Bobbie Wong .... project supervisor
Yung Lin Yeung .... tea lady (as Yeung Yung Lin)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Saat po long" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Kill Zone" - USA (DVD box title)
"Kill the Broken Wolf" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
"S.P.L." - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
93 min | Canada:97 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Trivia:
The film marked the first collaboration between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung Kam-Bo. 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the final fight Donnie Yen kicks Sammo Hung on to the bar. Sammo bounces off it, seemingly falling to the floor. But in the next shot, Sammo is standing up against the bar. The shot after it he is even lying on it, when Donnie does an acrobatic move to crush him into the glass holder.See more »
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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Resets the standard for modern day martial arts films, 14 October 2005
Author: hkauteur from Hong Kong

When I found the film was having its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, I made it first priority to go see it. I saw it with a friend at an Industry screening in rush line. Donnie versus Sammo, can it get any better than that?

The story of the film, to make it simple, Simon Yam is the retiring determined bad-good cop, Donnie is the new good-good cop replacing him and Sammo is the mob boss. The film takes place during father's day and every character in the film is either a son or a father. Everyone is dealing with some form of father and son relationship; Sammo's character is expecting a child, Simon Yam has an adopted daughter of whose real parents were killed by men sent from Sammo, Donnie's character defies his father's wishes to become a policeman and so forth. The theme serves to add a emotional element that connects all the characters in the film. None of the characters are extreme good or extreme evil, everybody is shades of grey on different levels. There seems to be a very heavy Infernal Affairs influence here coupled with the bleak colours and dark settings. However, the film does not take itself as seriously as the IA trilogy. There are many moments of humor and it works well to break the tension of the film in the beginning to middle. The humor leaves at the middle to the finale at the end when things start to get serious; which helps engage the audience and assures them the film does not take itself any more seriously but to engage you for the duration of the movie to entertain you.

The film is shot very stylishly. Combined with the duration of the film (the film clocks in to about 97 minutes), I can imagine the meanest western critic would say this film is pretentious, trading too much style for not enough storytelling in such a short time. (Yes I already see that coming, aren't I pretty?) I would d say that would be the wrong way to look at it, because he would be forgetting the fact that this a modern day kung fu film, which has always been a very hard genre to do. In the modern day setting, it basically means you're more grounded and limited by the realms of reality, which means no obvious wirework and more realistic choreography, which you need expert talent to pull off. When you're in ancient times, you can get away with stuff, not in modern day. The story lines for modern day martial arts films have not been very impressive either in the past. It's it's own ballgame in my opinion. Only recent one I can think of is Danny the Dog/Unleashed, an old example being Jackie Chan's Police Story series (and I don't count the unevenly New Police Story).

And now, the thing you've been waiting for,.... the action! Donnie Yen commented that this was the pinnacle of his career with SPL. When you see the film, you can see what he's talking about. You know that thing when you hear reading about kung fu movies sometimes when Bruce Lee moves too fast for the camera and they ask him to slow down so people can see what's going on? I don't think much of that was going on here in SPL. The fights were lightning fast and brutal. Every move was checkmate and everyone's going for the throat. The fights are not many, but they are cruelly intense. The fight with Wu Jing and Donnie Yen in the alleyway was spectacular, I think they were rolling camera and just going at it full speed. I guess it seemed natural to do a weapon fight (baton vs. a short Japanese knife) because Wu Jing has a more graceful swift strength as to Donnie's hard and solid's. The finale with Sammo and Donnie was my favorite. Sammo is a fifty-year old two hundred pound fat man and he moves like he never aged at all. He keeps up every second with Donnie. No one had to slow anything down for him, nor nothing was undercranked or wired. Wrestling seemed to be a very natural choice for this fight, given the circumstances; Donnie and Sammo are hard, solid strength types and it added a new visual element compared to Donnie's In The Line of Duty and Tiger Cage days. This fight was so intense it made me forget what the plot of the story was about, I forgot why Donnie was fighting Sammo plotwise and just purely experienced the cinematics of the fight. You'll see what I mean when you see the film.

Yes, SPL succeeds in what it does. With more martial arts films coming out internationally (such as Ong Bak), as Donnie has been quoted as saying repetitively, Hong Kong has deteriorated in its quality of kung fu film, despite the fact that Hong Kong choreography has now become international. SPL sets the standard again and reminds the world that we still have a few things up our sleeves and that this is the Hong Kong brand of action choreography. So yes, martial arts fans, you'll definitely dig it. It's on your must-see list for sure.

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