Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone) (2005)
Movie InfoAn ailing veteran cop whose relentless determination to do away with an untouchable gangster has led him to employ a series of unethical tactics finds his investigation complicated by the arrival of principled new inspector and the death of a fellow cop in this explosive underworld tale from Skyline Cruisers director Wilson Yip. Facing an inevitable retirement, the beleaguered and cancer-stricken Detective Chan (Simon Yam) has grown desperate to put away Teflon-coated crime boss Po (Sammo Hung) -- so desperate that he even begins planting false evidence and tampering with video in hopes of making a charge against Po stick. As Detective Chan begins to grow accustomed to thoughts of retiring and make way for honest incoming Inspector Ma (Donnie Yen), the ongoing investigation hits a snag when an undercover cop who has infiltrated Po's gang is mysteriously killed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone)
There's about 10 minutes of goodness here, and worth seeing if only for those moments.
The film's signature pieces are its fight scenes, but Yip works best in the quieter moments.
IRON MONKEY star Donnie Yen. MARTIAL LAW star Sammo Hung. If him, and him...If they fighted...Whowouldwin?
It's all pretty melodramatic.
Audience Reviews for Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone)
Wilson Yip puts together a great Hong Kong crime drama with S.P.L..Despite barely reaching 90 minutes, the film effectively uses the time wisely and efficiently. The story itself isn't exactly extravagant; however, the storytelling is on the mark. The cinematography is thought-out and the protagonist characters, while performing some questionable deeds, are still likable over the villains.This isn't a martial arts movie per se; however the action isn't comprised of just cops shooting robbers. There is major emphasis on close combat including knives and hand to hand combat. There are bits and pieces throughout most of the film, but the final act is where it all happens. Fortunately, when it happens, it really does happen. The choreography is superb and that leads to visually pleasing action sequences.Donnie Yen is one of the more notable faces, and while he does have a major role, Simon Yam also shares the spotlight as a lead character. Sammo Hung, along with Yen, puts up a good performance alongside his showcasing of martial arts.S.P.L. excels all around and when all is said and done it is a highly recommendable film.More
donnie yen against sammo hung, while not as anticipated as chan vs li and not nearly as epic, was still very fun to watch. its great to see two kung fu icons battle it out. the film featured some slick images through great camera work and solid editing choices, but the script was weak, the story choppy, and the action sequences mostly average until the end of the film. overall this is a fun movie but misses out on opportunities to be great.More
Donnie Yen's really awesome in his marital arts and action sequences against Sammo Hung as the crime boss, but little sadly at the end.More
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