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4.0 out of 5 stars Old school style Donnie Yen
Special ID doesn't add much to the 'Donnie Yen is an undercover cop who does a lot of cool poses' genre, but it's definitely a fine example of the type.

Donnie is a cop who's spent most of his career undercover in a street gang, getting close to the big crime boss (Ngai Sing/Collin Chou). When a former member of Donnie's gang (Andy On) makes violent inroads...
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2.0 out of 5 stars YOU HAVE CHOSEN YOUR OWN WAY,
Chan (Donnie Yen) is in a gang. He is a fighter. He also works for the police in a role that appears to be half informant and half policeman. Both the police and his gang wants him to go to Nanhai on the mainland to meet with Sunny, a bad guy who may have stolen from another gang. Chan works with police woman Fang Jing (Tian Jing) the Lara Croft of China. He gets a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars YOU HAVE CHOSEN YOUR OWN WAY,, 13 May 2014
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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Chan (Donnie Yen) is in a gang. He is a fighter. He also works for the police in a role that appears to be half informant and half policeman. Both the police and his gang wants him to go to Nanhai on the mainland to meet with Sunny, a bad guy who may have stolen from another gang. Chan works with police woman Fang Jing (Tian Jing) the Lara Croft of China. He gets a "special ID" on the mainland, one that didn't matter because he is an old friend of Sunny anyway.

The movie has a lot of kick boxing, including women and an elderly woman getting beat up. The film is in subtitles and a lot is lost in the translation. There is some comedy and romantic banter that goes on between the two main characters, at least the soundtrack seems to imply this, yet the dialogue is neither romantic nor funny. At one point a woman yells at Chan "Speak Mandarin!" Apparently he was speaking in a different dialect so she couldn't understand the conversation, yet it all sounded the same to me and you couldn't tell it was different by the subtitles.

Most of the fighting was normal. Tian Jing however exhibits some extraordinary jumping skills. The film is deeper than an action film as it gives a message about character growth, which seemed out of place.

This is not a film for me.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb in what appears to be two Chinese dialects. No sex or nudity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school style Donnie Yen, 31 May 2014
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D. Thomas "Dave T" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Special ID doesn't add much to the 'Donnie Yen is an undercover cop who does a lot of cool poses' genre, but it's definitely a fine example of the type.

Donnie is a cop who's spent most of his career undercover in a street gang, getting close to the big crime boss (Ngai Sing/Collin Chou). When a former member of Donnie's gang (Andy On) makes violent inroads into the business, both the cops and the gang send our man yen after him.

Special ID was a long-gestating troubled production that saw original co-lead Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo walk off the film. This doesn't seem to have much impact on the finished product, as In place of him are reliable old action hands like Andy On, Collin Chou and Ken Lo. Behind the camera is Clarence Fok, who's done everything from the great Yuen Biao time travel chopsockey flick The Iceman Cometh, Crying Freeman adaptation Dragon from Russia and the Cat III classic Naked Killer. The only person I'm not familiar with is cute new-ish comer Tian Jing as Donnie's mainland partner, who does a decent job in both the dramatic and action scenes.

Again, while Special ID doesn't offer anything new the action is still highly effective. Yen handles the fights with his more recent MMA-influenced style, and car stunt legend Bruce Law also throws in some fine work. Fok makes sure everything is shot properly and the result is a film that wouldn't be out of place 20 years ago. Since I like Hong Kong films from 20 years ago, I had a fine time with this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SPECIAL ID directed by Clarence Fok, 12 July 2014
This review is from: Special ID [DVD] (DVD)
A hooligan undercover cop in Hong Kong who wants to return to uniform is asked to go to mainland China to help an uptight female cop bring down a savage new gangster -- who happens to be his former protegee.

An undercover cop who wants out being tasked his last mission is pure HK cliche. Add to this the new cliches of a HK-China link-up (comrades!) and a villain who you can tell is truly evil because he learnt his trade in America.

But you don't watch Donnie Yen films for that. You watch them for the amazing fights, stunts and car chases. There's a few dodgy wire jumps but this is superb action, with a fight taking place on the floor being especially inventive.

There's also the sight of Donnie doing comedy. Sure, his (supposedly cute/tough) female partner is annoying but the sight of Donnie in various hideous Hawaiian shirts over-acting the hooligan more than makes up for it.
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