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SPL (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015 Reprint Version) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Sammo Hung (Actor) | Donnie Yen (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor)
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Hong Kong martial arts superstars Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung star in this explosive crime thriller from director Wilson Yip. Inspector Chan (Simon Yam) has a grudge to bear and a personal vendetta against local mob boss Wong Po (Sammo Hung). Seemingly untouchable and surrounded by an army of faceless young hoodlums, Wong Po holds the city in a vice-like grip.

It is 1997 and in anticipation of Hong Kong's imminent handover back to Mainland China, Inspector Ma (Donnie Yen) is sent in to take over Chan's unit. Chan has just three days to bring Ma up to speed before he retires, not just letting him in on Wong Po and his dealings, but also making sure Ma understands the Hong Kong way of doing things. The virtuous, crusading Ma, however, is determined to play by the book, but equally committed to bringing Wong Po and his empire crashing to the ground.

Slick, stylish and uncompromising, SPL is without doubt one of the best Hong Kong movies of the new millennium, harking back to the glory days of the 1980s with its themes of loyalty, honor and duty, as well as its flashy action sequences and staggering fight choreography. Yen, who also served as action director on the film, saves all of the film's best moments for himself, namely a double bill of ferociously violent encounters. The already infamous alleyway knife fight against Wong Po's top henchman, played by the dazzling Wu Jing, leads up to the film's explosive finale as Donnie and Sammo square off in one of the most eagerly-anticipated match-ups of this, or any, year.

For any discernible fan of action, Asian or martial arts movies, cop thrillers, bullet ballets or heroic bloodshed operatics, SPL is the movie you have been waiting for.

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Product Title: SPL (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015 Reprint Version) (Hong Kong Version) 殺破狼 (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015再版) (香港版) 杀破狼 (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015再版) (香港版) 殺破狼 (2005/香港) (Blu-ray) (2015再版) (香港版) SPL (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015 Reprint Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Sha Po Lang Sha Po Lang Sha Po Lang Sha Po Lang Sha Po Lang
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Donnie Yen (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi 洪金寶 (Actor) | 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 廖啟智 洪金宝 (Actor) | 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 廖启智 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 呉京(ウー・ジン) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) Sammo Hung (Actor) | 견자단 (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | 요 계지
Director: Wilson Yip 葉偉信 叶伟信 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) Wilson Yip
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-11-19
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 2.35 : 1, 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Duration: 93 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1046515329

Product Information

Director: Wilson Yip

  In this good-cop-versus-bad-gangster action thriller, Detective Chan (Simon Yam) relentlessly pursues crime boss Po (Samo Hung), but eventually gives up in frustration and looks toward retirement. His replacement, Ma (Donnie Yen Iron Monkey, Blade II and Hero) is a principled, committed cop who is skilled in martial arts and has a reputation for violence. The newcomer introduces tension into the established ranks of the battle-scarred precinct. The death of a cop who was planted undercover in Po’s gang further disrupts the balance of truth and justice.

  "SPL" refers to 3 stars in the Chinese astrology that symbolize the dangerous characteristics of Chan, Po and Ma. These 3 stars, with their change, could create or destroy the beautiful life of each other.
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Professional Review of "SPL (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015 Reprint Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 30, 2005

This professional review refers to SPL (2005) (2-DVD Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
I had heard enough about Wilson Yip's Sha Po Lang heading into last night's World Premiere to assume that it would be the best film to emerge from Hong Kong since Andrew Lau's Infernal Affairs. This is not the case. That assumption sells Sha Po Lang far, far short. This is one of the finest films to emerge from Hong Kong ever. Period. We're not just talking about a return to the glory days here, we're talking about a distillation of everything that is good about Hong Kong and an expansion of the palette. This is powerful, visceral stuff. This had the impact of a virginal viewing experience, the same potency as my first viewing of John Woo's The Killer. High praise, I know, but I sincerely believe this film is immune to over-hype. It is simply not possible.

As with so many great Hong Kong films, Sha Po Lang is a gritty crime drama. Simon Yam is Detective Chan, the head of an anti-gang police squad intent on bringing down Wong Po, the powerful local crime lord played by Hong Kong icon Sammo Hung. While transporting a witness and his family to trial to testify against Po, Chan's car is broadsided, killing everyone in it with the exception of Chan himself and his witness's young daughter. Though the head wound Chan suffers in the crash heals soon enough, he is discovered to have a malignant brain tumor during the course of his treatments. With seemingly nothing left to lose, he swears to take care of the young girl and bring down Po no matter what the cost. Jump forward three years. Po is stronger than ever, Chan's health is failing and he is due to retire any day. Desperation has driven Chan and his unit to the edge of corruption and the unit has been assigned a new commanding officer in Ma (Donnie Yen), a driven man known for once beating a suspect into brain damage. Chan will do anything to bring down Po before his retirement and the two sides prepare for the inevitable, bloody face off.

SPL is just a tour-de-force on every level. Yip is a stylish, assured director who gives his film a gritty noir edge. Moral lines are blurred as Chan pursues ever more extreme courses of action and Po tries to juggle his criminal activities against his love for his young family. Family is a major thread throughout the film, actually, as Yip gives all of his characters significant depth and back story and looks fairly seriously at the damage a policeman's life can do to his family. The interactions between the members of Chan's squad ring absolutely true and the entire cast is solid from top to bottom, but special attention needs to be paid to the four leads.

Simon Yam as Chan. Yam is just a hard, hard man. He perfectly captures the rage and desperation of his character in an intense, furious performance. Yam gets surprisingly few meaty lead roles and after seeing what he is capable of in this, his lack of steady work just boggles the mind.

Sammo Hung as Wong Po. Not only does Sammo prove that he's still got the goods in the martial arts department - more on that later - but he gets a rare opportunity to prove that he's got some serious acting chops as well. Hung's crime lord is a treacherous, unhinged man, always on the verge of violence but also possessing a softer, caring side as shown by his devotion to his wife and young child.

Wu Jing as Jack. Wu Jing is one of Asia's rising action stars, and for good reason. He is simply magnetic on screen, a fluid and blazingly fast martial arts performer. He shares the same master as Jet Li and could very well end up being Li's successor to the China/Hong Kong martial arts throne now that Li is slowing down. Wu dropped the news that they're looking at doing a Sha Po Lang prequel to give Jack some more screen time and, if it happens, it can't come soon enough.

Donnie Yen as Ma. Yen is back. Big time. This is by far Yen's best work as an actor, choreographer and martial artist. After a long stretch working almost exclusively behind the camera, it is easy to forget just how much Yen is capable of, and every ounce of his talent is in plain view on screen.

How does SPL stack up as a martial arts film? Bloody well, thanks. The first thing to note is that Yip has cleverly built his script so that the bursts of martial arts violence rise directly out of the story and the characters rather than the other way around. SPL works as a story first, as a martial arts film second. This is a distinction too often missed but when someone gets it - as Yip very clearly does - it makes the martial arts action hit with that much more impact. The next thing to note is that the film aims for a startling degree of realism in staging the fights. Not only are there no wires or CGI used but the fight styles themselves rise out of the characters and the character's needs. This is not an exhibition of fight styles, these are desperate men trying to take their opponents down as hard and fast as possible. The choreography is stunning and brutal - by far the best of Yen's career, and the most unique - not at all concerned with grace and beauty, focusing instead on speed and power and destructive force. The three martial artists involved - Yen, Hung and Wu Jing - are all fantastically talented, which allows for a speed and inventiveness not seen in years. Apparently, one of the best sequences - between Yen and Wu Jing in an alley - was largely improvised on the spot, the two of them directed to simply 'go after each other'. They did so, and did it so hard that Yen broke a metal baton over Wu Jing's forearms three times over the course of a night's shooting.

Hong Kong cinema has been in decline for years, that's no secret. Sha Po Lang may prove to be the last gasp of a dying industry, the last truly great film to come from that proud land, but to me it feels more like the start of something new. This is a film so intense, so powerful, that it should inspire Hong Kong filmmakers to new heights for years to come. Yip has thrown down the gauntlet here, "This is what we used to do so well, why have we gotten away from it?" Here's hoping that he, and others, take up that challenge. Absolutely brilliant. Truly stunning. A perfect ten.

Review by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "SPL (2005) (Blu-ray) (2015 Reprint Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (39)

jasmine
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May 23, 2011

This customer review refers to SPL (2005) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Violent But Real Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I've watched this movie at least 4 times in the last couple of years and still came to the same conclusion. It's extremely violent and the gore was not to my taste (especially with Wu Jing's robotic mission of 'kill kill kill'). But having said that it is also a reality and things like these do happen.

Nonetheless , hats off to Donnie for fight choreography and a welcoming sight of a slimmer Sammo still doing his thing (we'll overlook his double).
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June 5, 2010

This customer review refers to SPL (2005) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Great Donnie Yen film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was truly taken by surprised when I watched this film. Unlike past Donnie Yen films, this one has a plot and decent story line. Wilson Yip took his time to develop the characters, so it seemed a bit slow for the first half hour. However, it gave the characters time to show the audience their relationships. It also allowed Donnie's character to come to an understanding of his team and what they wanted to accomplish. However, it was done a bit 'choppily'. Donnie's acting skills shines in the film, not to mention his fight scenes. He brillliantly choreographed the two major action scenes at the end. The knive fight with Wu Jing was simply amazing. The speed and emotion of the two men were incredible to watch. Donnie's fight with Sammo could go down the books as one of the best fights ever. Yes, some wiring was involved, but it was kept to a minimum. Overall the movie was very well casted. The plot was quite sad, but I think Wilson was trying to say something here.
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April 4, 2010

This customer review refers to SPL (2005) (2-DVD Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
One of the decades best!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Top notch action thriller from Yip, Yen and Hung with some scene stealing from the awesome Wu Jing! This is definately one of the best films to come out of HK in a long time and is well the worth the place in anyones collection...
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March 31, 2010

This customer review refers to SPL (2005) (2-DVD Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Top notch action. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is the return of donnie yen with him finally hitting it big with this film, here he introduces a refreshing change to the fight scenes using a more grounded approach- MMA and grappling techniques. these here are considered new to an industry that has been bombarded with intense use of wire work and fancy gimmicks.

The much anticipated dual between sammo and donnie is brutal and intense the two heavy weights hold there own against each other, with donnie using his trade mark, combination kicks, before going in throwdown mode. it is a pleasure to finally see sammo return to screen with a menacing performance as kingpin and see him able to deliver in the action department as well albeit being doubled quite often.

The fight between wu jing and donnie yen is truly fantastic the two are going at it and at times it seems like it is less choreographed and more of a real fight.

unfortunately the story isnt that compelling but that works in its favour allowing for it to move along at a brisk pace and reach its climactic duals faster. certain characters are not fleshed out enough. what it lacks in character developement and plot it makes up for in visual style, director wilson yip makes use of some fantastic cinematograpy and camera movements.

highly recommended, top notch action and a return to form for sammo hung, wu jing and donnie yen. reinvigorated the chinese martial arts industry.
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April 13, 2009

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The return of Sammo Hung Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Yes it is somewhat the return of Sammo Hung but it is also the confirmation that Donnie Yen is the best martial arts Hong Kong actors and Choregrapher out there. The film is a great action cop movie with flash of incredible fights. Especialy at the end where Donnie fight Wu Jing: it is to me one of the greatest fight scene of all time. This film does not get 10 out 10 cause the flow of the movie is uneven!!
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