In this good cop versue bad gangster action thriller, Dectective Chan (Simon Yam) relentlessly pursues the vidious crime boss Po (Sammo Hung) but eventually gives up in frustration and looks toward retirement. His replacement, Ma (Donnie Yen) is a principled committed cop who is skilled in martial arts and has a reputation for violence. The death of a cop who was planted undercover in Po's gang causes further unbalance between the sides as the cops seek justice for the loss of their brother
Spotlight customer reviews:
Customer Rating: Summary: KillZone Comment: It's a pity Hollywood doesn't make action movies like this.
The fight sequences are great, good realistic action. A nice mixture of Kung Fu and MMA styles. Donnie Yen is the man. Customer Rating: Summary: Donnie Yen Comment: This has to be one of the best contemporary martial arts movies, both in terms of the story line and the fight sequences. The realism shown in the film might put some people off, but for those who are getting a little tired of seeing people leap tall buildings with a single bound and fight fifty people at one time (and win!), it is a refreshing look at what it is possible to do with a well trained human body and a partner who is also highly skilled. The fight sequences are directed by Donnie Yen and show clearly his knowledge of what he is doing. I would highly recommend this film for anyony with even a passing interest in the martial arts. Customer Rating: Summary: Exciting high kicking flick! Comment: No need to talk about this movie much, methinks. It's ACTIONZ!
Battle after battle, Donnie vs Wu-Jing, Donnie vs that Sammo! w00t!!!
And yet, this US version has huge scale of extras.
I own Hong Kong, Japan, China version of DVDs of this flick.
Kenji Tanigaki, who has been Donnie's most reliable person had handed a mountain of BTS video.
So you can enjoy how this awesome flick had been made.
Peoples who own not US version should buy this one for its' extras. It's worth for this price.
BTW, so why I'd rate only 4 stars?
Answer is simple. I couldn't understand why Ma Kuwan(Donnie) decided to help Simon Yam's cop team. :P Customer Rating: Summary: New Classics Comment: This is a new classic hand combat and weapon-play masterful choreographed 70's policy drama with martial arts. The fight scenes in this movie are outstanding, especially the last two fights scenes. This is a must have in my opinion. Just a really good police story/martial arts movie. Customer Rating: Summary: Good and Evil? Comment: SPL (or Killzone as it is generically labeled in the States) is named for stars in Chinese Astrology that can be seen as either good or evil depending on where they show up in the heavens...and that pretty accurately sums up the message of the film: the greyness of good and evil and where you draw that line.
Sammo Hung is a merciless triad boss by the name of Wong Po. Po would do anything to keep himself out of jail, including killing cops, informants, and their families. Yet, above all this, Po has a real interest in being a father and takes a shine to children. Simon Yam however, is a police detective that has been on the receiving end of Po's ruthlessness and has adopted the daughter of an informant he could not protect. Detective Chan doesn't have much time left to put Po away and his desperation leads to him and his team taking drastic, illegal measures to try and put Po away. Caught up in the middle of all this is Donnie Yen as Detective Kwan, the man who will be taking over Chan's team after he retires. He's trying to cope with his past...but will it last?
SPL (Killzone) is a very good HK cop action drama. It's not exactly a straight martial arts film though it does have plenty of that and it's very good. It is essentially what you'd get if you removed the humor of Police Story and then mixed what you had left with Infernal Affairs and added a dash more implausibility. There is a piece of evidence in this movie that anybody with a working knowledge of the legal system would know that the person it involves would be damned no matter what yet...you'll know it when you see it. I don't want to give too much away. Is it unreal? Possibly (though I don't have any knowledge of the Chinese Legal system). But that level of implausibility is usually par for the course when it comes to over the top cop dramas so it doesn't take away from the film very much.
Everything else is top notch and there are a few things in this movie that are downright shocking. Not the least of which is that Sammo Hung can play such a good villain (though nothing compared to his sadistic assassin underling Jack). It's interesting to think of an action comedian such as Sammo playing such an unfunny and affecting villain. Donnie Yen really deserves more praise and appreciation than he gets. He truly is an unsung action star.
If you enjoy police action mixed with Martial Arts and that ol' Hong Kong fliar then you will enjoy SPL (Killzone).