Tony Jaa fans will get to see their favorite elbow-thrower kick some ass in a couple scenes in Furious 7 when that film opens at the beginning of April. If his guest appearance in that movie doesn’t seem like enough, there’s something else to look forward to: the sequel to the 2005 film Saat Po Long. (Aka SPL, aka SPL: Kill Zone.) That movie is the film where Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung fight like men possessed; it’s one of the great fight films of the last decade.
SPL 2 comes a decade later, and we were fairly skeptical about it being a good idea. But with Jaa, and Wu Jing and Zhang Jin among the co-stars, there was reason to hope. Now the first SPL 2 trailer is out, and it definitely looks violent and strange. Whether it will earn its title is another thing altogether, but this first trailer is fairly promising.
Sure, there’s some just-OK wire work there, but with Soi Cheang (Dog Bite Dog) directing we’re hoping it might turn out well. And when US and French producers are churning out mid-grade action, it’s good to get a little splash of old-school Hong Kong violence. And, frankly, I’ll watch just to see what the hell is going on with that scene featuring the person in the cage.
Trailer via Twitch. SPL 2 opens in Hong Kong this summer; there’s no US release info yet.
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