Tony Jaa And Wu Jing Kick Ass In First SPL 2 Teaser

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Tony Jaa And Wu Jing Kick Ass In First SPL 2 Teaser
There have been a great many mixed feelings in the lead up to SPL 2, the sequel to a film that many consider one of the finest martial arts films of recent days and the film which triggered the mid career renaissance of leading man Donnie Yen.

On the negative side, why a sequel after so long for a film that ended with ... well, with not a lot of its original stars still standing? Given that neither Yen nor Sammo Hung - the two principal draws of the original - were to appear in this, was there any point at all? Or would this just be a cheap knock off?

On the positive side, however, SPL was also the film that introduced Wu Jing to audiences, lifting the multi time national martial arts champion out of the strictly local work he'd been doing to that point and becoming the standard to which all of his subsequent work has been measured. Oh, and there's that Tony Jaa guy. He's in it and pretty good, too. And with Soi Cheang directing ... well, if we can get the Cheang who did the ultra gritty throwdown Dog Bite Dog, well, we might just be on to something here.

Well ... with the arrival of the HK Filmart, the first teaser for the film has arrived and while it's slicker than some may have hoped for and there's clearly wirework at play this one very definitely appears to be landing on the positive side of the ledger.

After busting a local gangster Hong in an undercover operation, hard-boiled cop Kit is captured by Hong's men and wakes up in jail in Thailand facing a life sentence. While in police custody, Hong strikes a deal with Kit's supervisor Wah to trade his freedom for Kit's. Wah traces Kit to Thailand and manages to convince to new prison guard Chai to help save Kit because Kit is one of the few eligible bone marrow donors who can save Chai's daughter, who's suffering from leukemia. Hong breaks out of jail and flees to Thailand and order Kit's executive. When Kit learns of Hong's jailbreak, he's determined to bring him to justice.
Check out the teaser below!
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Don DryeMarch 23, 2015 4:44 PM

It's weird how they put some effort making the poster have the feel of the original film while the trailer shows us that there isn't any connection between this flick and the original "SPL" with Yen.
Even the = cinematography (the neon gritty hong kong look) and overal feel doesn't have the slightest resemblance.
I don't understand why they don't go for a new title or just throw a Buddha head in it and call it "Ong Bak 4".

QinlongMarch 23, 2015 5:54 PM

I think anyone who's been watching Hong Kong films for a while knows that a title with a number doesn't necessarily mean it was meant as a sequel at any time. Overheard, In The Line Of Duty, Tiger Cage, etc... We're talking spiritual sequels here.
And this looks great !

papiGiulioMarch 23, 2015 8:03 PM

Looks great? meh, im not convinced, sure there are some nice action shots in there but this looks nothing compared to spl (even if it wont be a sequel). In fact it looks quite flat.

owenMarch 23, 2015 8:23 PM

hard boiled 2 the last blood, starring histories greatest musical artist Alan Tam and Andy Lau i guess

Bruce WayneMarch 23, 2015 8:50 PM

I'm pretty hyped for this, even though it lacks Donnie... but since I don't see too many HK action flicks in the distance, this will have to do!

this bear is tops bloobyMarch 23, 2015 8:55 PM

Like others have said, couldn't this have just been given a different title?

YojimboMarch 23, 2015 9:15 PM

Your close but surely it should be the head of Ganesh and kill two deities with one stone.

Hanajun ChungMarch 24, 2015 2:25 AM

I hope this gets hard like Dog Bite Dog.

DooK_FreshMarch 24, 2015 7:24 AM

This is a spiritual sequel. Almost the same cast, different story/characters. It's a common feat in Hong Kong cinema, nothing remarkable.

Marcel SamsonMarch 24, 2015 7:34 AM

Boo! Well, at least he's not saving an elephant this time.

Todd BrownMarch 24, 2015 10:10 AM

Yeah, it's a totally common practice but they normally include the original cast. Overheard is the exact same cast every time. This one omits the two leads of the original with only Wu Jing - a VERY memorable but honestly pretty minor support character - kicking around from the original.

If anything else, it makes you wonder what they'll call it internationally. SPL wasn't SPL in any of the territories the Weinsteins controlled and it certainly wouldn't make any sense to release this as either SPL 2 or Kill Zone 2 in the US ...

QinlongMarch 24, 2015 10:35 AM

Simon Yam was in the original, too. Not that 2 returning actors is a lot, granted, but that's still more than what the Tiger Cage and In The Line Of Duty series carried over from film to film back in the day.

Anyway, in the end I too would prefer a fresh new title, but I'm ok with the idea of spiritual sequels getting the same title. As for the international title(s), I guess we should brace ourselves for something along the lines of TRIAD KILLZONE or TRIAD DRAGONS.

ricksomchaiMarch 26, 2015 1:01 AM

You have to love how people have seen only a few seconds of action and barely any of the plot, almost nothing and they are already saying its no good lol

Darren MurrayMarch 27, 2015 10:17 AM

Hard Boiled 2 was originally called just the Last Blood and was made two years before Hard Boiled. It was only given the title of Hard Boiled 2 internationally as they both had similarities.

tman418May 7, 2015 7:10 PM

I wonder if this movie will be called "Kill Zone 2" in North America, or if it will be given a sensible title that establishes no connection whatsoever to the original Sammo Hung/Donnie Yen/Jackie Wu-Jing masterpiece.