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Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] - Kung Fu Cinema Madness

Here's my tribute to kung fu superstar Donnie Yen in his darkest and maybe best film, SPL (殺破狼, 2005) - Known as Kill Zone in North America.

BACKGROUND:

American-born Donnie Yen has been a martial arts actor & choreographer in the Hong Kong film industry since the late 1980's. Though he was widely considered one of cinema's best martial artists, megastardom like that of contemporary Jet Li consistently eluded him in the first half of his career. After a brief stint in Hollywood (that's him as samurai vampire "Snowman" in Blade 2!), he returned to Hong Kong to make SPL, the first in a series of collaborations with director Wilson Yip. These films would eventually lead to Ip Man, the smash hit about Bruce Lee's master that would finally bestow to Donnie the superstar status that he had long sought after.

This newfound fame was not without a price. While Yen could make polished, big budget films with elaborate action sequences, his status as a Chinese National Hero meant he could now only play heroic characters in stories with happy endings.

Here then, is my tribute to that brief perfect moment before Ip Man, when he was pushing the boundaries of action cinema but was still obscure enough to play anti-heroes in dark serious films.

FIGURE:

1/6 Donnie Yen in Saat Po Long / Kill Zone








THIS IS WHY THE MOVIE IS A CLASSIC:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

My heart goes out to:

Enterbay - For releasing the superb Ip Man figure with its amazing headsculpt. I recast the head for this figure, but I also own & love the original figure!

Alyasha - For sending me the fur. I'm still using it on my real hair figures all these years later! Thanks, man!
 

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Re: Donnie Yen in SPL aka Kill Zone [ REAL HAIR ]

With neutral lighting to show paint job:



One more full body shot:


Making Of:






On the shelf:


For the fans who know the score:


RECIPE:

Head - Enterbay Ip Man (recast, drilled, repainted, added real hair)
Body - Soldier Story (elongated neck)
Hands - HT & Enterbay
Shirt - 21C (Their shirt uses surprisingly thin material! I took the shirt in heavily for a better fit and added buttons. I also sewed it close.)
Pants - TTL
Jacket - Ebay knockoff of Saturday Toys Prison Break sets. Heavily taken in for that fitted look.
Baton - Hot Toys
Necklace - Custom
Boots - ITPT zip up jack boots (opened it up, reshaped it into square toe, sculpted new sole, added straps and ring)
 

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Re: Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] - Kung Fu Cinema Madness

Thanks, guys!

Leo - Added more WIP pix in the 2nd post my friend. :)

vector - Haha, Donnie is actually pretty skinny..
 

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Re: Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] - Kung Fu Cinema Madness

Awesome figure of a really good film. The fight scene above with Wu Jing was just mindblowing! :thumb :thumb :thumb
 

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Re: Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] - Kung Fu Cinema Madness

impressive!
 

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Re: Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] - Kung Fu Cinema Madness

Thanks for the support, everyone!!

mgbb - Yeah, the head was sitting a little bit high on the neck (which tapered), so it exaggerated the thinness of it. Will have to adjust that for the next Donnie figure!
 
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