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SPL: Kill Zone (2005)

Saat po long (original title)
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.

Director:

Wilson Yip (as Yip Wai Shun)

Writers:

Wilson Yip (as Yip Wai Shun), Kam-Yuen Szeto (as Szeto Kam Yuen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Danny Summer ... Kwok Tsz Sum
Ken Chang ... Lee Wai Lok
Austin Wai ... Cheung Chun Fei
Timmy Hung ... Drug Trafficker
Tat Chi Chan Tat Chi Chan ... Policeman (as Chan Tat Chee)
Jingke Liang ... Wong Po's wife (as Liang Jing Kei)
Vincent Sze Vincent Sze ... Chan Wai
Kenji Tanigaki Kenji Tanigaki ... Wong Po's Bodyguard
Ching-Lam Lau 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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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | Macao

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$954,211
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Jing Wu and Sammo Kam-Bo Hung respectively. See more »

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Despite taking place in the late-1990s, there are ads for Apple's 2004 iPod. See more »

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In the mainland china version, five minutes was trimmed, it ends after Ma has beaten Po thus changing the entire tone of the whole film. See more »

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Woah, woah...don't get too carried away y'all!
16 January 2006 | by rmj1971See all my reviews

Despite what others may claim Sha Po Lang is not up there with the best HK movies of it's kind made during the golden period of the 1980s, when the likes of Jackie Chan, John Woo and Ringo Lam were in their pomp. In fact, there have been better cop films than SPL released in more recent times in the territory, Infernal Affairs and Running Out of Time to name just two. What SPL does do successfully is tap into the style and tone of the type of films that made Hong Kong action film popular with western audiences during the 80s and 90s. In SPL, the line between right and wrong, good guys and bad guys, is blurred to the point of it almost becoming invisible (often a feature in John Woo's output). The fact that the film's most likable(?) character is a brutal mobster shows how there is no black and white in the world of Sha Po Lang, just differing shades of grey. It's Sammo Hung's excellent performance as gangster Po, committed family man yet also a ruthless, violent crime boss, that is at the heart of the film. Against him all the traditionally good cop characters seem to have to sacrifice their innate sense of right in order to achieve what they see as justice being done; resulting in them becoming more like the man they're trying to bring down. It all leads to regret, violence, death and a shocking finale that should live long in viewers memories. As for the action sequences, they are well executed if a little too brief, but none of them would make it into a ten (or twenty!) best HK fight scenes list. Simply put, Sha Po Lang is a well put together police thriller with decent action and a satisfyingly bleak, film noir-esquire tone. It's well worth seeing and if it kick-starts a return to the classic action style of Hong Kong cinema, even better!


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