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.
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.
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 … more
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 … more
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”. … more