Donnie Yen Gets Battered And Bruised In First SPECIAL ID Trailer

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
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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  • Steve Austin

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

  • DooK_Fresh

    Here's the uncut Cantonese trailer in HD

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Al Young

    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.

  • bobb
  • Reese Edward Davis

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

  • cuttermaran

    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.

  • DooK_Fresh

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

  • TasteYourParty

    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!

  • TRD

    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.

  • pootietang

    DAAAAAAAAMMNNNN! that looks AWESOME! About good goddamn time!

  • Al Young

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

  • Blackapin0

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

  • Zaike Airey

    Holy shit!

  • supershinobi

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

  • Qinlong

    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.

  • DooK_Fresh

    Remaking the series would be a great idea imo.

  • Qinlong

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

  • DooK_Fresh

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

  • Qinlong

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

  • DooK_Fresh

    The classic Yen is back!!!

  • Marcel Samson

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

  • DooK_Fresh

    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.

  • Marcel Samson

    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...

  • Al Young

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

    http://www.donnieyen.asia/?lan...

    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 a 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 doesn't approve this crude dialogue.

  • DooK_Fresh

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

  • Art Vandelay

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

  • Blackapin0

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

  • john

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

    this movie looks awesome.

  • Andrew Mack

    Yowzers!

  • maikel

    o m g this looks epic

  • The Clone

    Holy shit...now that's a trailer!

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