After the success of the Ip Man trilogy, the Wilson Yip – Sammo Hung combination is back to the hugely successful Cantonese-language SPL franchise with the action thriller Paradox. Several months after the trailer whetted their appetite, action fans across the world can rejoice at the news that the film starring Louis Koo, Tony Jaa and Wu Yue will be releasing as the Opening Film at Hong Kong’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival on August 15, 2017. Wider theatrical release in Hong Kong is scheduled for August 25. The director and the main cast will be present at the festival screening.
Koo stars as a police negotiator who travels to Bangkok in search of his missing teenage daughter, where he is helped by local detectives played by Tony Jaa and Wu Yue. In Thailand, he encounters an organ trafficking gang headed by an American gangster (Chris Collins), who is possibly abetted by a politician played by Gordon Lam. Along the way, he ends up uncovering a national secret, making him a fugitive from local law enforcement.
This action-packed, Hong Kong-style action thriller is the third installment in the SPL trilogy, following 2005’s SPL: Sha Po Lang and the 2015 film SPL II: A Time for Consequences. The former remains Yip’s most critically-acclaimed film, which marked a return to the gritty 1980s style of Hong Kong action movies, bringing international attention to the filmmaker.
Paradox has been produced by a large consortium of companies including Sun Entertainment Film Group, Alibaba Pictures, Sil-Metropole Organisation and Flagship Entertainment, and is distributed by Bravos Pictures.