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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 »
User Reviews:
Donnie Yen wasn't lying.. See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Donnie Yen ... Ma Kwan

Simon Yam ... Chan Kwok Chung

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

Jing Wu ... Jack

Kai Chi Liu ... 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 ... 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)
Kin Leung Yuen ... Lagoon Monster (as Yuen Kin Leung)
Chris Tsui ... Wong Po's bodyguard
Tung So ... Wong Po's bodyguard (as So Tung)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hin-Wai Au ... Wong Po's lawyer
Jeff Kam ... Bottle-throwing gangster
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)
George Yiu-Keung Lee .... sound (as Yiu Keung George Lee)
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)
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:
"SPL: Sha po lang" - 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 Jing Wu and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung respectively.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Attack of the Yakuza (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
The TrickSee more »

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62 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Donnie Yen wasn't lying.., 17 September 2005
Author: ipkevin

.. when he called SPL the pinnacle of his martial arts choreography. It rocks. HARD. Not only are the fights are brutal, fast, and complex, but Donnie may have achieved the impossible: He made Brazillian ju-jitsu look exciting on film. Donnie's character repeatedly goes for takedowns, armbars, chokes, and all the moves that you might see in a UFC or Pride match (with Sammo countering attacks exactly how the big fighters do it in a real bout), while seamlessly combining them with the incredibly fast, complex punching and kicking exchanges you'd expect in a Hong Kong flick. Did I mention that the fights are bone-crunchingly brutal? There is a real nastiness to the punchups that should yield a great reaction from enthusiastic audiences. And then there is the spectacular Wu Jing vs Donnie Yen fight. It starts off very, very fast and complex, then at a certain point, the tempo changes and you suddenly realize that it's because they're just making it up ON THE SPOT and the damn thing becomes even more impressive. The long, unbroken takes should please fight purists, too.

The film itself also holds up. Director Wilson Yip really shows off his passion and skill in this film. It's an intense crime drama that doesn't have to pander to any teeny boppers, so he is free to finally let loose. The story is solid and Yip takes the opportunity to devise some great sequences. There's a scene that cuts between Donnie looking at photos of the policemen he's about to lead and footage of the same cops intensely doing their business that is pure cinema.. a scene that could have been plain on paper, but is made exciting purely through the director's vision - the way it's cut and scored and staged. In other words, there is a lot of obvious effort put into the drama. It isn't just some thrown together filler btwn fight scenes. This is a real film. Oh, and one comment about the audio: It's amazing. The music is superb and the sound effects are everything you could hope for in a kung fu film (ie, they accentuate every move and hit as you'd want them to). I hope the DVD has a great DD5.1 track and that you have the system to play it 'cause it'll make a big difference.

Complaints? I have only one: The fights should have been a little longer, but that's okay because they burn twice as bright as most.

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