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Genre: Action/Comics/Martial Arts
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Tang Yan, Kenny Ho, Anson Leung, Byron Pang, Patrick Tam
Director: Oxide Pang and Danny Pang
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2009







Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Evil warlord Lord Godless (Simon Yam) led his son Heart (Nicholas Tse) to conquer China. He imprisoned The Emperor (Patrick Tam) and a large number of martial artists and tried to make them subjugate. Among the prisoners were Cloud (Aaron Kwok) and the marital arts elder statesman Nameless (Kenny Ho). Wind (Ekin Cheng) came to the rescue… Wind and Cloud followed the lead of Piggy King (Lam Suet), bringing along Chu Chu (Tang Yan), escaped to Sheng Si Men. Later on, trained by Nameless and Lord Wicked (Kenny Wong) respectively, Cloud and Wind quickly boosted up their martial arts skills, though Wind chose to take the evil way. During his training, he met the girl who changed his life, Second Dream (Charlene Choi). Meanwhile, the troop of Lord Godless came to attack. Wind’s training was interrupted when he tried to save Dream from Lord Godless’s assault. The real intention of Lord Godless’s invasion was related to an ancient tomb, The Heaven Cave, which was buried with the Royal family’s secret of the sovereign. China and the martial art world were at stake. Inside the Heaven Cave, an ultimate battle between Cloud, Wind and Lord Godless was about to begin…


If "The Storm Warriors" is judged primarily on its arts and visual, then I guessed the Pang brothers will win hands down.

In this ridiculously panned sequel to the 1998 mega hit, "The Storm Riders", an evil warlord Lord Godless (Simon Yam) and his son Heart (Nicholas Tse) has imprisoned a number of martial arts experts including the formidable Nameless (Kenny Ho) and the Emperor of China played by Patrick Tam. Their main motive is not simply taking control over the country but to lay their hands on the Royal family’s secret, the Dragon Bone.

And who else to stop the evildoers other than our two protagonists, Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Cloud (Aaron Kwok). Unfortunately, Wind and Cloud is no match for Godless. Thus at the advice of Piggy King (Lam Suet), they seek out a reclusive martial-arts expert, Lord Wicked (Kenny Wong) who offers a somewhat absurd solution, Wind must turned himself to the evil side so as to defeat Lord Godless while Nameless will act as mentor to Cloud only then, Wind and Cloud can fully defeat the evildoers provided Wind can return from the evil side.

Thus with such a filmsy storyline, the audience is dragged by the Pang brothers through this pile of befuddled mess which runs close to an amazing two hours. To add insult to injury, the characters are given a slew of uninspiring dialogue to spout with barely much expression to go with it. Secondly, striking a cool stance while looking aloof and staring into empty space can be enchanting for the first five minutes but doing it repeatedly qualifies nothing more than overkill. For the love interests, the character of Chu Chu (played by Shu Qi in the original) is replaced by Tang Yan who despite her best effort lacks the innocence and bubbliness of Shu Qi while Charlene Choi fares better as Wind’s sister rather than love interest with her Second Dream character.

The cast which consists of other newcomers such as Simon Yam and Nicholas Tse lacks a strong presence to anchor the movie. Unlike Sonny Chiba, Yam and Tse fails miserably as the bad guys given their half a page dialogue and diminutive characterization while Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok are destined to become plain 'catwalk models' of the series if their characters are not depict further.

There is apparently no continuity to the original except the presence of Wind and Cloud as the Pang brothers already state it’s a stand-alone story arc. But by doing so, it only weakens the characters and plotting on the whole. Most fans would want to know what actually happened to the martial-arts world after the death of Lord Conquer (Sonny Chiba)? And who exactly is Lord Godless? What good does the Dragon Bone does? The screenplay makes no attempt to address these issues and it just an immature presentation of whose evil and who are the good guys.

With the exception of their breakthrough horror thriller, "The Eye", the Pang Brothers are not really known for their storytelling abilities perhaps more for their visual flair, unfortunately "The Storm Warriors" cement that belief once again. The sole salvaging factor in this production is none other than the visual effects by HK effects house, Fat Face Production Ltd who also did the Pang brothers’ "Recycle" and Peter Ho’s "The Warlords". Adopting a "300" visual style, the movie which is shot primarily inside soundstages with lots of blue/green screen adds a sense of realism that is closer to Ma Wing-Shing’s original graphic works. The digital backdrops which are added during post-production are spectacular to look at thus while the story gets a bit dry and boring, there’s always something interesting lurking in the background.

We waited almost 12 years for the sequel to arrive and here it is, a perfect visual graphic piece instead of a wholesome movie to indulge in (I don’t even want to go into the cliffhanger thingy). Despite the flaws in the original, Andrew Lau did manage to craft some interesting memories for the audience out of it. Remember Anthony Wong’s Sword Saint, Michael Tse’s Frost, Lawrence Cheng’s Jester and the mythical creature, the Kirin? "The Storm Riders" created a tsunami back then but "The Storm Warriors" only brought a slight case of wind and shower that it’s best forgotten.




The DVD comes with an option of Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1. The latter is formidable with lots of strong bass and sound effects to comply with the various sword moves and powerful display of martial-arts prowess seen onscreen. Unfortunately, it only comes with a Mandarin audio track.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 18 February 2010


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