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Director:
Writers:
Wilson Yip (written by) &
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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 »
Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Shoot Punch Lick and Other Good Bits See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Insp. Chan Kwok-Chung

Donnie Yen ... Insp. Ma Kwun

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... 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

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 Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer (as Wong Wai Leung)
Hua Yan .... action choreographer (as Yan Hua)
Donnie Yen .... action director
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... 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 wasn't going to be part action film at first but that changed once Donnie Yen came on-board. As the film's action director, Donnie requested additional funds in order to shoot action scenes accordingly to the story. The result became the now famous alley fight and the last fight with Jacky Wu and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung respectively.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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Shoot Punch Lick and Other Good Bits, 22 November 2005
Author: Lee Alon

The concept of joss should be familiar to many followers of Hong Kong's antics. Used profusely in James Clavell novels (Tai Pan, Noble House et al), joss relates notions of life's fickle randomness, as events remain at the mercy of capricious gods. Whatever those will, happens. Joss. Looking for a reason may be nothing more than a solid waste of time.

Although no longer in vogue as a word, joss still holds sway over things HK. To wit, this spat of top-shelf action flicks that came out of nowhere following months and perhaps years of utter dreariness.

As if Dragon Squad wasn't good enough a couple weeks back, here comes SPL, or Saat Po Lang, which literally (should, if this reviewer's language skills are any good) mean "kill the bent wolf". That particular translation does make sense in light of the film's plot, as does the Film Board's decision to waltz with danger and place a category III rating on another movie not far behind Election on the release schedule. This dalliance has us totally in thrall, for HK's censors have historically proved themselves to be timid scaredy-cats with the utmost adverse reaction to anything remotely good. And while SPL may not be the next Natural Born Killers or Bad Lieutenant, it does earn its three I's with more aplomb than a few lesser projects, and contains more than enough gratuitous bloodshed to sate action pundits.

Just like Dragon Squad, so doesn't SPL shy away from all the things that have traditionally made HK an excellent source of frenetic action nutrients. However, while DS put itself in a somewhat-comedic, hyper-realistic version of the city, SPL takes place firmly in a Gothamite rendition of HK, brooding and awash with menace. Wilson Yip (Bullets Over Summer, White Dragon) and his posse provide just the right quotients of each ingredient, resulting in an atmosphere perfectly adjusted to its purpose. You can't avoid liking the HK seen here, with its Streets of Fire/Young and Dangerous-like roaming gangs, dark, desolate cityscapes and hapless police force.

What the cops are so prostate before is Wong Po, master criminal and ruthless sadist cum family man, done by a delectable Sammo Hung. Sammo's always been good as a villain, and this Kingpin-esquire meanie's no exception. Wong Po combines the usual crazed bad guy with a loving husband, and of course possesses relentless martial arts skills. These are deployed against the movie's main protagonists, the good-but-shadowy police types everybody loves so much. They're headed by Chung (Simon Yam AGAIN), who's got it in for Wong Po after a family of witnesses under his protection got wasted on the criminal's bequest.

But Chung's naturally about to retire in order to care for his goddaughter (sole survivor of said family), so the stage is set for new captain Inspector Ma, another fighting machine in the form of ever-likable Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey, Hero, Seven Swords) to come in and join the fray. Others include abrasive, skeptic cop Ah Wah (Liu Kai Chi, pretty much in every HK movie over the last few years) and a nameless, lunatic killer employed by Wong Po (martial arts expert Wu Jing).

Save for a few minor pseudo-surprises, SPL follows a normative mold as far as story goes, but succeeds mostly in terms of its superb pace and impressive mood-setting elements. The comic book characters fit their respective personalities, can take a whole lot of damage, and have this knack for seeming serious, like they're in a real crime story rather than fiction. Gunplay, hack 'n' slash and fighting have all found a spot for themselves herein, and none overpowers the other, so that's all good, too.

Likewise, Yip managed to add quizzical surrealism to the mix by telling us the movie takes place 1994-1997. Sure, the old colonial flag of HK is seen briefly, and cop badges read Royal Police, but beyond that, it's obviously the now, not ten years ago. Cars, clothes, and buildings are all contemporary. To some, this may be ridiculous. To others, it's a useful storytelling conceit, in synch with the story's overall fairy tale, fantasy mindset.

Additional assets in SPL's collection number generally strong supporting characters (Chung's crew and Wong Po's insane-clown head minion), a gorgeous soundtrack, and this perturbing ability to fuse components from action epics like Cobra and The Punisher with gangland hysteria a la Goodfellas or Scarface (just listen to the violins as they play in the background).

Perhaps nostalgia and time won't be as kind to SPL as they were to the films that inspired it, but one can't hide from acknowledging we have before us another substantial action entry in a year that, for ten months out of twelve, was nigh on arid in the adrenaline department, and that's not even mentioning the years preceding.

Archetypal tormented cops, obsessive villains, a city teeming with unrestrained violence and props so destructible they must have cost more than hiring Simon Yam and Sammo, who have been so prolific recently we have to wonder when they get any time off.

In short, and acronyms aside, go watch it.

Rating: * * * *

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