Dark and fascinating martial arts drama-action, and maybe
a bit overstrung but still GREAT follow up to (in name
only really) to the Wilson Yip 2005 classic SPL with Sammo Hung and
Donnie Yen, even though Simon Yam and
Wu Jing are also in SPL 2. Almost as dark as director Soi Cheang Pou-Soi's
earlier efforts Dog Bite Dog (2006)
noir crime drama, and Shamo (2007) the dystopian manga inspired martial
The DVD menu with Tony Yaa, Wu Jing
and Zhang Jin
Finally, again, a great role for the thai favourite
Tony Yaa, and in this film he not only fights all the
time but also get
the chance to show some versatility as an actor. To show some depth,
which he does admirably as a caring father
with a sick child, with a growing pile of hospital bills and as a prison
guard, first (unknowingly) on the side of the
bad guys and then more and more concerned about on which side he should
stand in the fighting that ensues.
Tony plays Chai, a Bangkokian who through his uncle Wong Kwong (veteran
Cambodian actor Ken Lo) has got a
job as a prison guard in Bangkok. Chai has a young daughter Sa who suffers
from leukemia and need constant
hospital treatment with expensive medicines and also, finally, a bone
Surprisingly, Unda Kunteera Thordchanng who plays the
young Sa is great in her first film, a future thai film star?
An envelope with money from the boss
to Chai for looking the other way
In Hong Kong there's a series of murders with the victims
found without their vital organs and the Hong Kong Police
hunts a gang of organ traffickers. Inspector Chan Kwok-Wah (Simon Yam)
leads the investigation and has placed
his nephew Chan Chi-Kit (Wu Jing) as a mole in the
Hong Kong gangster world in hope of getting a lead to the
whereabouts of the gang. But it comes with a prize for Chi-Kit as he
has developed a drug habit to fit in with the crowd.
After a chaotic but nicely done shoot-out at a Hong Kong boat cruise
depot he finally somehow lands in the thai prison.
The prison that's lead by the elegantly and slick looking director Ko
Hung (played by chinese actor Jin Zhang, and this
guy also looks to have great skills in martial arts) is really a part
of the international organ traffickers cartel and hides the
future unwilling donors/victims in some of the prison cells. Hung, The
boss of the perps is played Louis Koo in a slimy
way, he's sickly and needs an organ himself, a heart transplantation
with his unwilling brother as the planned donor.
Finally .... Tony Yaa and Wu Jung against the baddies
But, enough is enough, and not even money for his daughter's
hospital treatment can stop Chai from joining forces with
the Hong Kong Cop, finally. Well, you didn't think Tony Yaa really would
be a Bad Guy, did you?
Great martial arts action and a well made crime-drama
with it's finale in Bangkok and that wolf in the park ... i've no
idea? This film feels like 2 films crammed into one, but that's OK if
we get to see Tony and Wu Jing together i guess.
There are a lot of fighting and maybe a bit too much wire used, and
the great prison scene much have been quite hard
to film, well done, crew and cast. Tony and Wu Jing's characters don't
understand each other in this film as Tony's Chai
speaks thai and Wu Jing's Chi-Kit speaks cantonese and they communicate
by using their smart phones translation app.
Highly recommended for all lovers of martial arts action and dark crime
drama (99 % guys possibly?) and Tony Yaa.
Anamorphic widescreen, cantonese (or mandarin dub) and thai audio with
english subs, no extras