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SPL: Sha po lang (2005)

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.

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Wilson Yip (as Yip Wai Shun)

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

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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Referenced in Dou foh sin (2007) See more »

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One of the best Hong Kong action flicks in the last decade!

What do you get when you pair two martial arts legends against each other, throw in a dark, gripping, sadistic story and a boat-load of action? Well, that's simple: you get one of the best Hong Kong action flicks of recent memory. "SPL" brings it all back home and it does in violent fashion. Donnie Yen leads a cast that also includes Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and Wu Jing. I loved everything about this movie. I thought all the actors were great. I thought the story was good. The action was just brilliant! Donnie Yen's fight choreography is some of the best work he's ever done (check out the alley fight scene against Wu Jing). He mixes traditional kung fu with a little UFC grappling which I thought was pretty cool. Seeing Donnie and Sammo face off for the very first time was quite astonishing. Some of you may agree, some might not, but I think Donnie Yen is the most underrated action actors of them all. I love Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but they're like Van Damme and Seagal. They play the same character in every film. Donnie, on the other hand, is a much more versatile actor who's willing to play supporting roles or even villainous roles. It's really a shame that he can't get the Hollywood leading roles that often go to Jackie or Jet. But that could change soon. In the mean time, check this movie out! You'll love it.


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