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Sha po lang 2 (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 13 May 2016 (USA)
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While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Director:

Soi Cheang (as Pou-Soi Cheang)

Writers:

Lai-Yin Leung (screenplay), Ying Wong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Jaa ... Chatchai
Jing Wu ... Chan Chi-Kit
Simon Yam ... Chan Kwok-Wah
Jin Zhang ... Ko Hung (as Zhang Jin)
Louis Koo ... Hung Mun-Gong
Ken Lo Ken Lo ... Wong Kwong
Jun Kung Jun Kung ... Hung Mun-Biu
Dominic Lam Dominic Lam ... Cheung Chun-Tung
Babyjohn Choi ... Kwok Chun-Yat
Wai Al Wai Al ... Dai-Hau
Philip Keung ... Fan Ging-Hung
Andrew Ng ... Uncle On
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Chow Aaron Chow
Alex Mai Alex Mai ... Boatman
Chik-Chi Tsim Chik-Chi Tsim
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Storyline

Hong Kong police officer Kit (Wu Jing) goes undercover in order to catch Mr. Hung (Louis Koo), the mastermind behind a crime syndicate. When the operation goes sour, and the undercover cops are betrayed, Kit disappears without a trace. Uncle Wah (Simon Yam) defies the order from his commanding officer and tracks Kit to a prison in Thailand. Thai Police officer Chai (Tony Jaa) becomes a prison guard in order to raise money for his daughter who has leukemia. He's assigned to keep an eye on Kit. Even though Chai and Kit are in opposing positions and they don't speak a common language, Kit turns out to be a suitable bone marrow donor who can save Chai's daughter. While Chai is determined to keep Kit alive, the warden Ko (Zhang Jin) wants him dead to ensure the smooth operation of the prison, which is the front for Mr Hung's organ trafficking business. Mr Hung shows up in Thailand so he can use his younger brother's (Jun Kung) heart in a heart transplant to save his own life. The stage is ... Written by Jalan Harris

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Thai | English | Korean

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill Zone 2 See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,701,505
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2.35 : 1
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In Spain was only released in 1 theater (Barcelona: Phenomena). The film was projected 1 day and only in subtitled version. Later, was edited on Blu-ray/DVD. See more »

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Follows SPL: Sha po lang (2005) See more »

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A beautiful gem but flawed upon closer inspection.
12 August 2016 | by BeDeeJamesSee all my reviews

I was super excited to watch this film after seeing the action packed trailer. Flying knees, elbows and shoot outs seem like a no brainer for any action fan. After the initial opening you will come to realize it isn't just any run of the mill martial arts film and you get a sense that they try to inject story behind the punches being thrown. The film itself is outstanding to watch but you cannot dismiss some of the flaws in storytelling, plot and pacing.

The story follows two main characters and many sub characters. Chai works as a Thai prison guard trying to support his ailing child suffering from leukemia. Kit is an undercover cop from Hong Kong investigating a black market operation of organ theft. Their paths intertwine and eventually they uncover the importance of how they need each other's help to save Chai's daughter Sa. It seems simple but how this concept is presented is a bit confusing. During the intro they focus on Chai and then switch to Kit. As you get invested in Chai's emotional desperation to help his daughter you get pulled away and presented with Kit's story and his own battle against his inner demons. Then sub plots with sub characters get their time to shine afterwards and the story loses its focus before fully developing the main characters. To make matters worse the director uses flash back sequences and the locations of Thailand and Hong Kong randomly jumps making you confused of the language change and locale. It can also be argued that Chai's character is a bit selfish as he seems only to care about saving his daughter at the expense of others. Kit's character is generally just recovering from his drug binge so neither character has a strong hold on the viewer. As a martial arts movie I generally don't take story too highly into account since your here mainly for the action but since a huge chunk of the run time focuses on plot it cannot be ignored.

The action can be brutal and some crazy wire work is involved but most of the choreography is realistic. You won't see people flying across roofs and running up walls and all the main combatants bring their A game. The fights are beautifully shot and the ending battle is one of the best I've seen. Some things that pull you away and can be quite distracting is that characters will often suffer injuries where you believe that they will be critically disabled, but those said characters will be in the next scene without any problems. It pulls away from the immersion and doesn't make sense when you knew for sure that person had died or should've died.

Kill Zone 2 also suffers from pacing issues. Some areas of the story can be very slow since they are trying to flesh out the characters. You can probably tell they didn't do a superb job of it and so for the first half of the movie you get a little action and a lot of dialogue. Then the movie starts to pick up and for the ending they kind of said eff it and threw non-stop action with very little story.

Kill Zone 2 has everything a martial arts fan can ask for. Story, top action stars and beautifully shot battles make it for a thrilling viewing experience. You just can't help but feel that this could've been a true classic if some the story plots were ironed out and connected you better with the main stars. The pacing may turn off action junkies for the first half but as the pace picks up it won't let you go.


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