Reviews

  • Jul 09, 2019

    First of all, kudos to the effects that made the effort for a CGI-heavy sequal to one of my childhood movies..the original Fung Wan (1998). And kudos to the weapons maker, the costume department and the main team of Aaron & Ekin. But THAT'S ALL the credit I can give. I have absolutely NO praise whatsoever for the script. I MEAN WHAT HAPPENED?! ZERO character development, rushed scenes, no build-up tension like the first movie, no sense of substance for the plot, and the whole thing seemed so rushed and there was no narrative back story of who some of the characters were. Moreover, MANY of the characters seemed to have been thrown in just for the sake of it without any proper storyline and fundamental base for the story. First and foremost, Cloud has lost much of his brooding quality and seemed more like a kid being thrown into the streets to fend for himself. And the short attempt at romance between Cloud and Muse was utterly needless...I pity the cast who had to go through such a pathetic script and yet they did their best to follow it to the letter. It is sad to see how low and wanting the current state of cinema is...hardly or no substance in storyline, no proper character development...all seemed rushed for the sake of datelines and pesky studio agents breathing down the crew's neck...I wish this would be rebooted in a way because sad to say, even though it's nothing more than eye candy for some cool fight scenes and CGI-loaded effects, it should be given the respect and honour it deserves for its legacy of awesome comics and classic art of martial arts and swordplay. A series would have been better than a cramped up movie.

    First of all, kudos to the effects that made the effort for a CGI-heavy sequal to one of my childhood movies..the original Fung Wan (1998). And kudos to the weapons maker, the costume department and the main team of Aaron & Ekin. But THAT'S ALL the credit I can give. I have absolutely NO praise whatsoever for the script. I MEAN WHAT HAPPENED?! ZERO character development, rushed scenes, no build-up tension like the first movie, no sense of substance for the plot, and the whole thing seemed so rushed and there was no narrative back story of who some of the characters were. Moreover, MANY of the characters seemed to have been thrown in just for the sake of it without any proper storyline and fundamental base for the story. First and foremost, Cloud has lost much of his brooding quality and seemed more like a kid being thrown into the streets to fend for himself. And the short attempt at romance between Cloud and Muse was utterly needless...I pity the cast who had to go through such a pathetic script and yet they did their best to follow it to the letter. It is sad to see how low and wanting the current state of cinema is...hardly or no substance in storyline, no proper character development...all seemed rushed for the sake of datelines and pesky studio agents breathing down the crew's neck...I wish this would be rebooted in a way because sad to say, even though it's nothing more than eye candy for some cool fight scenes and CGI-loaded effects, it should be given the respect and honour it deserves for its legacy of awesome comics and classic art of martial arts and swordplay. A series would have been better than a cramped up movie.

  • Jan 22, 2016

    The first one is much better

    The first one is much better

  • Sep 07, 2015

    While the Storm Warriors has a lot of pretty CG magic power fight sequences... it truly lacks in terms of story... and the fight sequences are a little meh. 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.

    While the Storm Warriors has a lot of pretty CG magic power fight sequences... it truly lacks in terms of story... and the fight sequences are a little meh. 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.

  • Sep 03, 2013

    am sorry, do not agree with user ratings shown thought it was visually interesting and better than the first (still like the first but tried to squeeze too many characters without having time for them).

    am sorry, do not agree with user ratings shown thought it was visually interesting and better than the first (still like the first but tried to squeeze too many characters without having time for them).

  • Nov 24, 2012

    Is there no zero-star option? 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.

    Is there no zero-star option? 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.

  • Nov 02, 2012

    Awesome visual effects. The Pang brothers make the movie shine with marvelous direction, lighting and filters. Choi is stunning, Yam plays a good villain and it's always nice to see Suet Lam. Epic slow-mo, bit of a strange ending.

    Awesome visual effects. The Pang brothers make the movie shine with marvelous direction, lighting and filters. Choi is stunning, Yam plays a good villain and it's always nice to see Suet Lam. Epic slow-mo, bit of a strange ending.

  • Aug 24, 2012

    I enjoy a good old fashioned Chinese sword and sorcery movie, but this is certainly not one of them. Laden with CGI and live animation Ralph Bakshi style, this movie comes off as plodding, pretentious, trite, banal, everything bad Hong Kong cinema is good at.

    I enjoy a good old fashioned Chinese sword and sorcery movie, but this is certainly not one of them. Laden with CGI and live animation Ralph Bakshi style, this movie comes off as plodding, pretentious, trite, banal, everything bad Hong Kong cinema is good at.

  • Jul 29, 2012

    300 has a lot to answer for. The proliferation of its style of slow-mo, hyper-stylised fighting visuals is starting to get tiresome and it certainly doesn't help the already befuddled plotline of this movie. The actors don't really have much to do except glower, brood and scream in various poses, and not much else really makes sense. I suppose you would need to read the comics but I doubt that would have helped. The wigs sure look fabulous though.

    300 has a lot to answer for. The proliferation of its style of slow-mo, hyper-stylised fighting visuals is starting to get tiresome and it certainly doesn't help the already befuddled plotline of this movie. The actors don't really have much to do except glower, brood and scream in various poses, and not much else really makes sense. I suppose you would need to read the comics but I doubt that would have helped. The wigs sure look fabulous though.

  • Jun 20, 2012

    i want to see this one i loved the first one and i look forward to seeing this one

    i want to see this one i loved the first one and i look forward to seeing this one

  • Jun 02, 2012

    I didn't enjoy this much, possibly because I haven't seen the first film. The Pang Brothers are a talented pair, but I think they're only good with horror - The Eye was fantastic. But they didn't do anything fantastic with Storm Warriors. <u> SUMMARY: </u><p> This is a sequel, so I have no idea of what happened at the end of the first movie. The film starts off with Lord Godless (Simon Yam) who holds Cloud (Aaron Kwok) and Chu Chu (Tiffany Tang) prisoner. Other prisoners include Nameless (Kenny Ho) who is Cloud's master. Lord Godless and his son Heart (Nicholas Tse) want to take over China and prove their dominance over all the fighters. Wind (Ekin Cheng), Cloud's friend and another student of Nameless, arrives just in time to free the prisoners. They escape, but Nameless is left wounded after a battle with Godless. Cloud, Wind, and Chu Chu decides that they need to improve on their skills so that they can defeat Godless. They go to the lair of Lord Wicked (Kenny Wong), but his only offer is to turn over his "evil power" to either Cloud or Wind. Wind decides to take this power, since Cloud is too temperamental. Cloud begins to train with Nameless, who transfers some of his power to him. However, the clock starts ticking when Godless and his son capture the Emperor, forcing him to tell them where the ancient relic "Dragon Bone" is. It's up to Cloud to stop Godless, but will Wind, who has absorbed all the evil power of Wicked, turn on his peers. <u> REVIEW: </u><p> This is by far one of the dumbest storylines ever. It's stupid! There's nothing clever about it at all. Sure, I guess the characters are kinda "cool", but all this ridiculous shit such as transferring of powers is just so silly. As I said earlier, some characters were cool, but some are really corny. So, the plot is dumb, and there's nothing going on between the characters- even the romance was handled poorly. Acting? I guess it was decent. Charlene Choi was so pathetic - nothing good about her. Nicholas Tse was a pretty cool bad guy. Simon Yam was also cool. I thought Ekin Cheng was good as Wind, Aaron Kwok was okay as Cloud. The action was poorly filmed. The only time the camera was filming right was during the CGI scenes. The film uses SO much CGI considering how bad these effects were. There's this big climatic fight at the end that goes on for half an hour which is overuses these special effects, and you get so bored of them. Chinese films like this usually have great visuals, and the visuals here are nothing special. I guess some of them were nice, cinematography was good. But, when overusing CGI, they take away a lot of the visual strength in some scenes. This is silly. I haven't seen the first film, but this doesn't encourage me to. The Pang Brothers are kinda shit with action, they should stick with horror. If you liked the first film, then you might as well check this out even though I haven't seen the first. Is this any good? No way! Is it cool and fun? Kind of. <div style="width:400px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-storm-riders-2-aaron-kwok-12072674"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/07/26/12072674_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;">

    I didn't enjoy this much, possibly because I haven't seen the first film. The Pang Brothers are a talented pair, but I think they're only good with horror - The Eye was fantastic. But they didn't do anything fantastic with Storm Warriors. <u> SUMMARY: </u><p> This is a sequel, so I have no idea of what happened at the end of the first movie. The film starts off with Lord Godless (Simon Yam) who holds Cloud (Aaron Kwok) and Chu Chu (Tiffany Tang) prisoner. Other prisoners include Nameless (Kenny Ho) who is Cloud's master. Lord Godless and his son Heart (Nicholas Tse) want to take over China and prove their dominance over all the fighters. Wind (Ekin Cheng), Cloud's friend and another student of Nameless, arrives just in time to free the prisoners. They escape, but Nameless is left wounded after a battle with Godless. Cloud, Wind, and Chu Chu decides that they need to improve on their skills so that they can defeat Godless. They go to the lair of Lord Wicked (Kenny Wong), but his only offer is to turn over his "evil power" to either Cloud or Wind. Wind decides to take this power, since Cloud is too temperamental. Cloud begins to train with Nameless, who transfers some of his power to him. However, the clock starts ticking when Godless and his son capture the Emperor, forcing him to tell them where the ancient relic "Dragon Bone" is. It's up to Cloud to stop Godless, but will Wind, who has absorbed all the evil power of Wicked, turn on his peers. <u> REVIEW: </u><p> This is by far one of the dumbest storylines ever. It's stupid! There's nothing clever about it at all. Sure, I guess the characters are kinda "cool", but all this ridiculous shit such as transferring of powers is just so silly. As I said earlier, some characters were cool, but some are really corny. So, the plot is dumb, and there's nothing going on between the characters- even the romance was handled poorly. Acting? I guess it was decent. Charlene Choi was so pathetic - nothing good about her. Nicholas Tse was a pretty cool bad guy. Simon Yam was also cool. I thought Ekin Cheng was good as Wind, Aaron Kwok was okay as Cloud. The action was poorly filmed. The only time the camera was filming right was during the CGI scenes. The film uses SO much CGI considering how bad these effects were. There's this big climatic fight at the end that goes on for half an hour which is overuses these special effects, and you get so bored of them. Chinese films like this usually have great visuals, and the visuals here are nothing special. I guess some of them were nice, cinematography was good. But, when overusing CGI, they take away a lot of the visual strength in some scenes. This is silly. I haven't seen the first film, but this doesn't encourage me to. The Pang Brothers are kinda shit with action, they should stick with horror. If you liked the first film, then you might as well check this out even though I haven't seen the first. Is this any good? No way! Is it cool and fun? Kind of. <div style="width:400px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-storm-riders-2-aaron-kwok-12072674"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/07/26/12072674_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;">