KILLZONE 2 aka SHA PO LANG 2 (2015)----Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang. Not sure why it took so long to come up with a sequel to the original 2005 SHA PO LANG aka KILLZONE---there's virtually no connection between the two, except for the fact that star/martial artist Wu Jing plays the hero in this sequel (a severely compromised one, though) instead of the brutal villain he was in the original.
Anyway, Jing plays Chan, a prisoner among a group of prisoners in jail who gets beat up along with the rest of them. What Chan is, is really an undercover policeman who unfortunately has a real bad drug habit. He gets hauled out of the jail by another Chan, one Kwok-wah (veteran actor Simon Yam) who happens to be both his supervisor and his uncle, and who's also pissed at him for not getting himself together. Tony Jaa also stars in his first Hong Kong film as a single father named Chitchai, who's also a prison guard with an adorable little daughter who has leukemia that he visits in the hospital daily. Thing is, she needs help from a donor asap, or she won't have long to live, he's been told. Somehow, Chitchai's able to get the donor's number (he still dosen't know the person's ID) and tries desperately to reach him or her, to no avail at first. Meanwhile, a man named Hung (Jun Kung) and his wife try to make a break for it while being guarded by the police in the airport. Despite being practically shadowed by Inspector Kwok and his tough team of officers, there's still a blazing shootout following afterwards. Turns out Hung's brother, a cold-blooded gangsta named Mun Gong (a barely recognizable Louis Koo, in a completely non-flashy,low-key role for a change) is the one behind it. He needs a heart transplant, and his brother is the only one he can get a donor match from, even if he's got to bump off a whole batch of police officers to kidnap him again--which he does, of course. Kwok and his team are mad as all hell when that happens, because that means they're got a mole somewhere tipping somebody off to their plans.
Just about every single one of the obligatory fight scenes are incredible, but the obvious and most awesome stand-out one is when a planned riot jumps off in the prison Chan winds up in, and when he tries to escape, he keeps getting pulled back by Chitchai---and then there's a complete unbroken shot that swoops over and on top of the entire melee in the jail, while everyone just keeps on whomping the hell on out of each other below. The warden, another cruel thug type named Ko (Jin Zhang) shows what he's made of by pulling off some amazing fight manuevers while not being the least bit afraid to fight his way through the crowd and handle his shady business (getting organs on the black market) that he's using the jail as a cover for. Seeing both Wu Jing and Tony Jaa both going at each other hard as nails, with everyone straight-up brawling all around them, is jaw-dropping and breathtaking to watch, especially for as long as they do, and what they do while they're doing it. It's also good to see both of them excel in solid character acting roles for a change, instead of just mostly busting people's heads up all the time. In a nutshell, all three of these plotlines managed to intersect in a satisfying dramatic way that actually makes sense, and ties everything up satisfyingly. KILLZONE 2 is definitely way better than the first film, mainly because it has three-dimensional characters you come to care for and hope they succeed against all odds---which they barely manage to. The ending, though, was so damn convoluted, it was ridiculous---it just came off like one big cop-out, even though the film is one dark,no-nonsense balls-to-the-wall-action flick, and tougher than nails up until then. Here's the trailer for it:
SHA PO LANG (KILLZONE 2) at IMDB