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The Storm Riders (1998)

Cast: Aaron Kwok, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, more...
Director: Andrew Lau, Andrew Lau
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Studio: Tai Seng
Genre: Foreign, Hong Kong, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Wuxia, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 128 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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Cinematographer Andrew Lau directed this Hong Kong martial arts fantasy from a Manfred Wong screenplay. Wong based his script on a Chau Ting screenplay adapted from the long-running manga by Ma Wing-shing. Martial arts ruler Lord Conqueror (Sonny Chiba) adopts two youngsters as disciples, and a decade later, the two -- Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Cloud (Aaron Kwok) -- are rivals for the affections of the Lord Conqueror's daughter Charity (Kristy Yang). When they duel, Charity is accidentally killed, and Cloud loses an arm. Muse (Shu Qi) takes care of Cloud, and her father gives Cloud his own arm for future fights. Wind seeks some magical stones, needed to help him in his duel with the Sword Saint (Anthony Wong). Filming began May 1997 in China's Sichuan province with CGI effects added by Hong Kong's post-production house Centro, co-producers of the film. This manga has been serialized since 1989, but only the first third has been adapted here. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Syd & Marty Croft's Swords'n'stuff by EKuersten August 7, 2003 - 8:45 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
We couldn't get more than 10-20 minutes into this one. THe overuse of digital effects, especially backgrounds, is just too overdone, especially when you have digital rock cliffs, for example. It sort of looks like the actors are running and falling through a sega genesis game, or LAND OF THE LOST or one of those other old Syd & Marty Kroft shows, but with digital backgrounds instead of miniatures. THe fight scenes compensate for lack of choregraphy through choppy editing and other tricks, which quickly grows obvious. If you are a completist, then see this, otherwise, I would say stick to the classics, like HERO or anything else with Jet Li.

Cool Special Effects by HCheng July 1, 2003 - 8:32 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie is based on the comic series called Fun Wang (translated to Wind Cloud). We get a dose of real-life "action animation," which is unique and very distinct from Hollywood. These types of supernatural chinese martial arts match perfectly to the advanced special effects and CG of today.

In terms of story, it is nothing new. Two young men, Cloud and Wind, are initially unfriendly toward each other (why? because of a woman, what else). Later they must forget their differences and fight together against a common enemy. Sounds familiar enough? The plot also has elements of destiny, revenge, and rejection.

Probably the reason why you may want to watch it, however, is for the cool fighting special effects. There are very few hand-to-hand combats, and more "ki" combat, like throwing fireballs and whatnot. One of the coolest special effect to me is Cloud's Hundred Palm Technique, which looks very flashy. One gripe is that some of the computer graphics are overdone for scenary replacement. Visually, you have a sense of an ancient Chinese era. However, I do not think the costume fit the time frame. Come on, glossy leather boots? Acoustically, DTS, with its higher bitrate, is just superb. I can even here the water fizzles.

In summary, I think computer special effects fit well with supernatural kung-fu shows. Hong Kong movies pretty much dominate this type of genre. If that is something that you want to see, then Stormriders is a decent example.

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