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A 2005 Hong Kong martial arts-action-crime film directed by Wilson Yip.

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KILL ZONE OR SPL, WHATEVER TITLE YOU OWN I LIKE IT

  • Apr 20, 2010
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KILL ZONE

Let it be known that I am a huge fan of these kinds of films and in fact own every Dragon Dynasty release that they have put out thus far. I decided that the best place to start would be with the first release from the company and that is this wonderful film called "SPL" or by this release "Kill Zone". If you are like me you have the original release but for the average viewer this is probably the best way to go, and the special features are great.

Kill Zone is about a group of cops who after countless times of trying to put away the bad guy decide it is time to take the law into their own hands. Det. Chan Kwok Chung [Simon Yam] is the leader of this group of officers who has a tumor and is nearing the end of his career. So before he exits the game and after taking in the daughter of a witness killed by the lead villain he must take down Wong Po [Sammo Hung]. Enter Insp. Ma Kwun [Donnie Yen] who will be taking over for Chung after he retires is on the fence about what role he should play after he learns of the officer's vigilante ways. So the film progress over some of the best action and scenes ever witnessed by my eyes leading to a final showdown between Donnie and Sammo which features some great MMA style moves including some great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.


This is easily one of the most entertaining films one could have in their collection and to not own it seems a little off to me. This film has that don't become what you hate feeling to it as the officers become what they wanted to stop in the first place. I have always loved these types of films, the idea of taking action yourself and handling business on your own is appealing no matter who you are. The noir style and look of the film only adds to the atmosphere and makes it feel a bit real. The surprising thing about this movie is that I have heard some people speak down on this film, I have no idea why. This has revenge, action, fights, and basically all that is required to have a good time.

The fight scenes at least in my opinion feel real [excluding certain moments] and are very entertaining and I love that fact that some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is applied in the film particularly in the final battle between Donnie and Sammo. Every one did a great job in this film particularly Sammo and Simon Yam who are really the leads of this film not only in the credits along with Donnie but these two hold this film even higher with the tension between them. Donnie's character seems cool and does an excellent job especially since his character lands in the middle of a war. But Simon and Sammo play their characters so real that it seems they really hate each other.

I have heard both negative and positive things about this film but in eyes this is a classic, how could it be any thing less? With the Dragon Dynasty release you will get behind the scenes action and a very informative commentary among other things. Writer/director Yip Wai Shun [Wilson Yip], and writers Szeto Kam Yuen [Kam-Yuen Szeto], and Ng Wai Lun [Wai Lun Ng] did a great job with this film. If you don't already own this I say go get it now, it is worth it. Also the on this film is some amazing cinematography, there are some truly beautiful shots, the beach scenes for instance. And also at times particularly when Donnie Yen is walking away after hitting a guy once and causing brain damage he looks a lot like Lou Diamond Phillips. Don't know why I felt the need to say that.
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April 29, 2010
Lou Diamond Phillips huh? Okay. Another one for the list. I can't believe that I haven't even heard of this one--or if I have heard of it, that it hasn't made it on to my list earlier.
 
April 20, 2010
Great review, man! Frank (too bad he's in Puerto Rico) and the gang would go wild when they read this review! This is one of your best reviews!
April 20, 2010
Thanks man, you know I love these films.
 
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Quick Tip by . December 24, 2012
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An effective crime drama that pays attention to its characters. It also manages to build up on the climactic final encounter that gives it a lot of 'bang'.      My favorite action movie of 2005. See Full Review here.     
Quick Tip by . January 02, 2011
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I have heard both negative and positive things about this film but in eyes this is a classic, how could it be any thing less? With the Dragon Dynasty release you will get behind the scenes action and a very informative commentary among other things. Writer/director Yip Wai Shun [Wilson Yip], and writers Szeto Kam Yuen [Kam-Yuen Szeto], and Ng Wai Lun [Wai Lun Ng] did a great job with this film. If you don't already own this I say go get it now, it is worth it. Also the on this film is some amazing …
review by . July 20, 2009
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The very first film that featured the first Wilson Yip-Donnie Yen collaboration is “SPL: Sha Po Lang” (re-titled Killzone in the U.S.). This film is a welcome return to Hong Kong crime noir and cool martial arts action. It is easily one of the best action films of 2005 and has proven that the Yip and Yen tag team can bring out a quality motion picture, as they have since followed their success in “Dragon Tiger Gate”, “Flash Point” and most notably “IP MAN”. …
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SPL: Sha Po Lang, also known in the United States as Kill Zone, is a 2005 Hong Kong martial arts-action-crime film directed by Wilson Yip, with fight choreography by the film's star Donnie Yen. The film co-stars Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, and Wu Jing. Yam portrays a retiring police detective who resorts to the use of questionable methods in order to catch Wong Po (Hung), a ruthless Triad boss.

The title, Sha Po Lang refers to three words derived from Chinese astrology that each represent a different star capable of good or evil depending on their position in the heavens.
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