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18 November 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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  (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

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
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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93 min | Canada:97 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Jacky Wu fights Simon Yam in the end Jacky throws a knife in Yam's hand. No blood appears and the hand bends like a rubber hand.See more »
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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A lean, dark bastard of a movie, SPL a stunning return to Hong Kong noir, 5 October 2005
Author: Coolestmovies from Canada

Set to retire due to a terminal brain tumor, detective Simon Yam knows there's only one way for him and his loyal squad to deal with triad kingpin Sammo Hung and his troops: force on force. But no matter how hard they press - and they press HARD - Sammo presses back harder, and usually after he walks free when it becomes apparent Simon and his boys have violated every police procedure and human right imaginable in an effort to secure an apprehension.

When a mentally deficient A/V geek arrives at the station with a video showing Sammo teeing off on the head of Simon's undercover operative and one of his henchman finalizing the deal with a bullet to the head, Simon and his crew first beat the henchman to within an inch of his life, sending him flying off a high-rise rooftop, and then hatch a plan to edit the tape and make Sammo appear to be the killer. Of course, there's always a backup tape, and the vicious crime kingpin again walks free, this time with a master plan to wipe out Simon's unit for good.

Into this raging carnival of payback is transferred Simon's replacement Donnie, a not-quite- by-the-book hot shot whose initial protestations to the group's dark pragmatism and exclusionary procedures are rescinded after he helplessly watches one of them get slit up a treat by Sammo's snickering, psychotic blade-for-hire Jacky Wu Jing (who's hardly the "newcomer" he's being touted as by both the opening credits and the internet gossip cycle). That these two will later settle up accounts in a ferocious bout of hand-to-hand combat in the alley leading to Sammo's club is a foregone conclusion: that the fight is one of the most beautifully constructed, relentlessly exhilarating setpieces of martial arts choreography in the history of Hong Kong cinema, one that practically INVENTS new ways of kicking ass, comes as a breath of minty freshness in this era of assembly line romances and computer-assisted Jackie Chan in silly helmets.

The sequence is rivaled in short order when Donnie finally takes on the Big Man himself, virtually trashing Sammo's opulent nightclub in the process just moments after Simon's abortive last attempt to kill his archenemy buys him a series of gaping stab wounds and a Great Big Knife through his hand.

But the film isn't just about combat, phenomenal though it is; it's about consequences, and the dark decisions of the soul that, in Hong Kong movies at least, routinely resulted in cataclysm in film after film of the golden era of the 80's and 90's. The kind of movie that used to be worthy of the title Heroic Bloodshed, and a textbook exercise in escalating nihilism. No one escapes fate in SPL, not that they try very hard: combatants on both sides of the battle have tunnel vision and live only to see the other side pushing up the daisies, their own deaths often appearing as surprising to them as they are to us.

SPL feels like the movie its director, Wilson Yip, wanted to make in the mid-1990's, back when folks like Danny Lee knew the value of a hammer and a phone book in extracting confessions, so it doesn't surprise that the film is set in 1997 (a fact seemingly lost on the majority of the audience at the Toronto Film Festival where this debuted): how else to justify the "shoot-first-f***-the-questions" cocaine bust flashbacked as newly arrived Donnie quietly acquaints himself with the vacant desks of his new charges, or the sight of weary veteran Liu Kai-chi slapping around a mental retardate and trashing the poor boy's pad?

Not that the film is all bleakness. With the exception of Jacky's smirky, nutjob assassin, all the primary leads are given small vignettes that show they're firing on more than one cylinder: Simon becomes godfather to a little girl whose parents, witnesses to Sammo's dirty dealings, were killed by Jacky. Liu Kai-chi discovers the fate of his estranged father just moments before fate points his way; Donnie secretly plays video games with a mentally challenged ex-thief he clocked a little too hard; and Sammo interrupts several tense moments AND his climactic Donnie-brook to take calls from his wife, who after several failed pregnancies has finally given him a child, albeit one who will figure prominently in one of the most brutal twist endings of all time. There's more authentic characterization on display here than in any five Hong Kong action thrillers of the past few years (barring the gorgeously grim procedural of Johnny To) - not for nothing is the film set on Father's Day - a fact not lost on the likes of Yip and Yen, who must have known respective talents such as theirs, coupled with an Asian cinephile's dream cast, could only result in something truly memorable.

With little argument, this is Yip's most refined, tightly-wound effort to date, a lean, dark, unsparing bastard of a movie that melds the satiny luster of 2002, with which it shares art director Jeff Mak, with the sinewy, stripped-down plotting of BIO-ZOMBIE (minus the comedy, of course). Easily one of the best, if not THE best Hong Kong picture of 2005 so far, and I doubt the rest of the year will produce anything its equal.

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