Fung wan II (The Storm Riders 2) (Storm Warriors) Reviews
The Pang bros truly try to make the most out of this film by using all manner of different styles of shooting and presentation. There's "300" level green screen work, standard martial arts moments, slow motion, etc.
As pretty as the film can look at times nothing can save a film that's filled with a fight sequence between two characters for roughly half the film.
Not really a recommended flick but not a bad watch if just looking for something to turn off your brain to and eat some popcorn while pretty pictures fly across the screen.
In fact, even more puzzling is that... I can't seem to figure out whether this film is too rooted in its own camp or if it's simply too serious for its own good. I'm thinking the latter. There's hardly a laugh in here. Of particular point, Charlene Choi acts like this for the entirety of her first half of the movie. She looks up, mutters "Big brother Wind" and then looks down. This is repeated over and over again... captivating stuff.
There's also some quirkiness in terms of shots and post production decisions. Here, too much of a good thing probably describes this best. Establishing shots with backs to the camera, slow motion shots, extreme close ups... these are all used too mu... wait. THESE ARE ALL ABUSED. They just use it until there's really no point in it half way through the movie, because by then you start to realize that in this movie, slow motion is normal time.
And oddly enough, the music score/soundtrack is an overload. There's music in almost every scene such that it gives me the impression that the directors KNEW that their scenes were boring as hell and just tried to amplify the epicness by using the cheapest way they could; music. Like what I mentioned about the shots, it doesn't work here either, as you just get numb to it after a while.
However, despite a lackluster and rather straightforward plot, this is not a horrible movie. The actors are looking great, Aaron Kwok seems like he's just had another drink from the fountain of youth and the final battle is one of the longest and most epic fight scenes I've ever seen. Though like everything else in the film, there's a bad catch to it. They fucked up the ending.
Quite possibily the most incoherent and badly acted film I've ever seen.
Actually this isn't even a film. So we're all good now.
and i look forward to seeing this one
If they are making another episode, which it looks like from how they, oh-so-quickly and hurriedly, wrap this one up, I hope it will be much better in screen-writing, plots execution, directions and perhaps even cinematography.