Donnie Yen Gets Battered And Bruised In First SPECIAL ID Trailer

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Donnie Yen Gets Battered And Bruised In First SPECIAL ID Trailer
Well, hello, stranger.It's nice to have you back.

It was 2005 when Hong Kong actions tar Donnie Yen triggered a major career resurgence with SPL (released in the US as Kill Zone), an exhilarating martial arts crime film starring Yen as a cop on the trail of a notorious gangster. It was dark, gritty, punishing stuff and when Yen followed it closely with the similarly minded Flashpoint it appeared he had fully embraced a life as a contemporary action star. And then he more or less stopped making those sorts of movies, moving instead into period pieces of various sorts and while there are certainly some dandies in the ensuing years that gritty, modern feel was very much missed and the hit:miss ratio started to skew a bit in the wrong direction.

But now Donnie's back doing what he does best in Clarence Fok's Special ID and the first trailer has just arrived. And, golly, it's looking good.Cop, bad guys, you know the drill ... what sets this apart is Donnie himself and the action looks spectacular. Check it out below.
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The CloneJuly 22, 2013 9:56 PM

Holy that's a trailer!

maikelJuly 22, 2013 9:57 PM

o m g this looks epic

Andrew MackJuly 22, 2013 10:00 PM


johnJuly 22, 2013 10:14 PM

i can always take Yen seriously because of his body.
he's not a scrawny little guy.

this movie looks awesome.

Art VandelayJuly 22, 2013 10:28 PM

Now this is what I'm talking about! DONNIE!

Marcel SamsonJuly 23, 2013 2:42 AM

Epic. Though the mandarin will take some getting used to. This isn't a HK movie?

DooKJuly 23, 2013 4:04 AM

It's entirely China-produced but the movie was shot in HK so there's a possibility that the language (apart from the Mainland actors) was done in Cantonese.

DooKJuly 23, 2013 4:04 AM

The classic Yen is back!!!

Marcel SamsonJuly 23, 2013 6:16 AM

Ok, thx. Let's hope that if they mix the two languages it will be done properly, instead of people just talking cantonese and mandarin to each other with no explanation. I fear the worst, though...

QinlongJuly 23, 2013 6:34 AM

Welcome back intense MMMA Donnie. I can't believe such films have become so rare... Someone needs to revive the In The Line Of Duty series.

supershinobiJuly 23, 2013 6:41 AM

Sick trailer! Please don't disappoint! I have high hopes for this!

DooKJuly 23, 2013 9:00 AM

Remaking the series would be a great idea imo.

Zaike AireyJuly 23, 2013 10:00 AM

Holy shit!

Al YoungJuly 23, 2013 10:22 AM

The straight-down hammer fist to the dudes face into the floor is freakin badass. Donnie Yen is Da Man.

QinlongJuly 23, 2013 11:52 AM

The tricky thing would be finding a badass, beautiful and charismatic unknown actress to recreate the Michelle Yeoh 'lightning in a bottle'.

Al YoungJuly 23, 2013 1:24 PM

You can check out the Cantonese dialogue version of the trailer at the link below:

Unfortunately, there is no English subtitles but based on my limited Cantonese, Donnie is looking to get payback on the guy who killed his partner in a high risk undercover operation. There is line at the end of this trailer thats missing in the Mandarin where a gangster says something to that effect of "Your going to suffer miserably". I'm guessing the mainland China censoreship board weren't too please with showing this.

DooKJuly 23, 2013 1:53 PM

So far, all the sites showing the Cantonese trailer is the one with out of sync sound. Hopefully, they will fix this problem.

pootietangJuly 23, 2013 2:12 PM

DAAAAAAAAMMNNNN! that looks AWESOME! About good goddamn time!

DooKJuly 23, 2013 4:00 PM

I believe Yeoh's still got the edge. After all, she's doing CHTH 2 next year with Donnie and Woo Ping.

Blackapin0July 23, 2013 4:27 PM

Exactly. Donnie is one of those actors where I will watch pretty much anything with him in. This looks amazing.

Blackapin0July 23, 2013 4:29 PM

Maybe he knocked him Simple Jack like the dude in SPL.

QinlongJuly 23, 2013 4:35 PM

I believe that too. And it's been too long since she last displayed it (on an action level I mean).

TRDJuly 23, 2013 4:55 PM

Looks like Donnie worked even harder to make the film better after the feud from over a year ago. This looks absolutely bad ass. I can't not wait for this. I wish I could see this on the big screen but living in Canada makes it hard to see films like this on the silver screen.

TasteYourPartyJuly 23, 2013 6:17 PM

Things can look fast and intense with quick cuts and edits but I really do like this trailer. Hoping the movie plays out the same way and I feel like I just got punched in the face!

cuttermaranJuly 23, 2013 7:21 PM

Trailer works better in mandarin. It gives an authentic feeling to it. In cantonese it's just another hk action flick. I wish there would more crime films come out from mainland china.

Reese Edward DavisJuly 23, 2013 8:13 PM

Damn!!! Donnie ain't f****** around!!!!!!

bobbJuly 24, 2013 1:17 AM
DooKJuly 24, 2013 3:08 AM

Here's the uncut Cantonese trailer in HD

Al YoungJuly 24, 2013 10:46 AM

Thanks Dook. Personally speaking, I prefer the Cantonese dialogue if its shot locally in Hong Kong and this is the actual spoken language coming from the actors mouth. Its possible that the Mandarin version will waterdown the coarse or harsh language and remove certain content or themes that is deem inappropriate in their conservative views.

Steve AustinJuly 24, 2013 6:29 PM

SPL was so above my expectations. The climactic fight scene was stunning and unexpected. Probably the most depressing ending in an action movie.

DooKJuly 27, 2013 5:03 AM

The movie is set in HK and a little bit in Shenzhen so Cantonese being spoken in the movie actually makes more sense.

$tuntman MikeAugust 9, 2013 1:29 PM

I can't even stunt, this movie looks dope!