Sha Po Lang/Kill Zone

Directed by Wilson Yip
Produced by Carl Chang
Written by Wilson Yip
Szeto Kam-Yuen
Ng Wai-Lun
Starring Donnie Yen
Sammo Hung
Simon Yam
Wu Jing
Liu Kai-Chi
Music by Ken Chan
Chan Kwong-Wing
Cinematography Lam Wah-Chuen
Editing by Cheung Ka-Fai
Distributed by ABBA Movies Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong)
The Weinstein Company (U.S. DVD)
Dragon Dynasty (U.S. DVD)
Release date(s) 18 November 2005 (Hong Kong)
Running time 93 min
Country Hong Kong


SPL: Sha Po Lang (杀破狼), 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

Plot

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Hong Kong Police Detective Chan (Simon Yam) has devoted his career to putting the notorious Triad boss Wong Po (Sammo Hung) behind bars. While escorting a witness with damning evidence of Wong Po's wrong doing to court, the police van is rammed at high speed by a car driven by the ruthless assassin Jack (Wu Jing). The wreck kills the witness and his wife, but spares the witness' young daughter. Detective Chan is left with a piece of glass in the back of his head. When the glass is removed, doctors notice a tumor in Detective Chan's brain. He doesn't have long to live making Detective Chan all the more determined to bring down Wong Po.
Ma Kwun (Donnie Yen), a detective from another precinct with a harsh reputation – he punched a suspect so hard once that he left the man with permanent brain damage – is assigned to take over the squad. The men on the squad are:

Wah (Liu Kai-Chi) – Very moody; was angry when Chan told him about his brain tumor. Has issues with his sick father, whom he hasn't spoken to in years.
Kwok (Danny Summer) – A long haired cop; his wife left him and has a daughter that he hasn't seen for ten years.

Lok (Ken Chang) – The youngest on the squad.

All the men are very protective of Chan, who's since adopted the slain witness' daughter.
When an undercover detective from the squad is killed, and video showing the murder surfaces, Chan and his detectives see a way to frame Wong Po, who is caught on tape swinging a golf club repeatedly at the undercover's face, injuring him but left him survive for a killer to finish the job, presumably at the man outside the frame of the video. The detectives decide to alter the tape, intimidate a witness and eliminate the real killer.
Ma Kwun is upset when he discovers the deception by the squad, but assists in the arrest of Wong Po, which culminates in a brawl in the lobby of a department store with the rotund crime lord, who has just purchased a large stuffed animal for his one-month-old son.
The action, coincidentally, comes to a head on Father's Day.
Lok goes to buy a gun to frame Wong Po with, and is killed by the knife-wielding Jack. Wah and Kwok are both eliminated by Jack as well.
Chan then goes to Wong Po's office alone, and is thoroughly beaten by the gangster.
Ma Kwun, in a dispute with his superiors over the handling of the case, turns in his badge and gun, and then goes to Wong Po's. He is met by Jack in the alley. Armed with only a baton, Ma Kwun engages in intense martial arts combat with the knife expert. Jack then wrestles the baton away and Ma Kwun eviscerate [disambiguation needed]s and destroys Jack with his own knife.

Ma Kwun then heads up to Wong Po's office, finding Chan strung up and unable to move. The big gangster proves a worthy opponent for Ma Kwun's martial arts skill. The fight is a grueling test of strength and endurance. At a point during the battle, the two combatants have a judo contest. Later in the fight, Ma Kwun puts Wong Po in a head-scissorlock. The fight ends seemingly when Ma Kwun backdrops Wong Po onto a tall display of glasses and bottles. Wong Po appears to breathe one last breath, his eyes gaping wide open at the floor blankly, giving the audience the impression that he is dead. Ma Kwun then sits down at the bar and starts to pour himself a drink. Detective Chan, still strung up starts to speak to Ma Kwun. Less than a minute later, Wong Po suddenly gets up (not shown) and charges at Ma Kwun, smashing him out a full-sized window that is right next to the bar. The camera pans to slow-motion as the audience sees the surprised Ma Kwun falling to his death from the multiple story building. Unknown to Wong Po, his wife and baby son are waiting in their car coincidentally parked underneath that window. His wife makes a call to Wong Po just before Ma Kwun smashes onto the car, killing all three of them instantly. When Wong Po gazes down at Ma Kwun's body, he has a smug look on his face. As he starts to move away, he notices the car underneath the body. His eyes scan the license plate of the car, and realizes that it is his wife's car. At the same time, he receives the call from his wife's handphone. In an equal mixture of shock and horror, he stares blankly at the scene below a while before the impact of the event sinks in. Broken with grief, Wong Po slumps down onto a stool and starts sobbing as the scene fades to black.

The movie then fastforwards to an unknown amount of time later. The audience sees Detective Chan with the little witness girl that he has adopted at the same beach he brought his squad to earlier on in the show. He sits down, apparently in pain, on the sandy area of the beach, watching the girl at play. At this point in time, it would be assumed that Wong Po has been put behind bars. The movie ends when Detective Chan sits motionless for some time in the same position, indicative that his brain cancer has finally consumed him.

The ending described above is one of 2 different endings targeted at different audiences. The other, a cut version, shows Ma Kwun putting another glass on the bar counter and immediately cuts to the scene of Detective Chan at the beach.

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