Saturday, November 26, 2005
SHA PO LANG
Directed by Wilson Yip.
Starring Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen, Simon Yam.
This has been one of the most anticipated films in recent HK history. Contemporary set martial art action films have been very thin on the ground since HK was handed back to mainland China. So all eyes have been on this one to ressurect the genre. It finally opened on Nov 18th. Lets hope it gets a local release soon. C'mon, it's got a 53 yr old Sammo. Bring it on.
A crimelord (Sammo Hung) covers his tracks so well that he always gets away from all crimes he does, assisted by four fast-talking English lawyers. A professional assassin (Wu Jing), who never fails on his assignment, appearing out of nowhere. Four policemen so eager to nab the crimelord that they will stop at nothing, insofar as taking justice into their own hands. Standing in their ways is a new police inspector (Donnie Yen) who goes strictly by the book. Thus begins an intricately woven high-octane action thriller that is full of complications, of explosive actions, exhilarating car chases, intense shootouts and realistic fist to fist combats from the award-winning screenwriters Szeto Kam-Yuen and Wu Wei Lun...
• Film website • Trailer: SPL
More information here - Love Asian Film.
10/10 review from Toronto Film Festival: Here