Director Wilson Yip Wai-Shun has made a remarkable film that has put him in the international spotlight. Working with Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Donnie Yen Ji-Dan, and Jacky Wu Jing, it would be hard for a gifted director like Yip to make a bad modern day martial arts film. Inventive, entertaining and intensely compelling, SPL is an instant classic. It is the best Hong Kong movie of 2005. Look for Liu Kai-Chi playing a cop with a troubling, dark family history who looks for closure when it is, sadly, too late.
Reviewer Score: 10