Fung wan II (The Storm Riders 2) (Storm Warriors)

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An epic battle is played out by warriors harnessing the power of the elements in this effects-laden fantasy /action drama from the sibling directing team of Oxide Pang and Danny Pang. The brave Lord Nameless (Kenny Ho) is the leader of a band of heroic warriors with remarkable powers and skills. Nameless's nemesis, Lord Godless (Simon Yam), is a warlord from Japan with designs on Nameless's territory in China, and in a daring raid he captures Nameless, imprisons his soldiers and takes control of his land. As things look hopeless, three of Nameless's allies set out to free him: Cloud (Aaron Kwok), Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Chu Chu (Yan Tang). The three warriors call upon Lord Wicked (Wong Tak-bun) for help, while Cloud absorbs Nameless's powers and gifts for sword fighting and Godless's son Heart (Nicholas Tse) runs wild across his father's new property. As Cloud absorbs what he's learned from Nameless and Wind is tutored in combat by Wicked, can they fend off Godless, Heart and their allies? Fung Wan II (aka The Storm Warriors) is a sequel to the 1998 blockbuster Fung Wan: Hung Ba Tin Ha (aka The Storm Riders); both films were adapted from stories from Ma Wing-shing's long-running comic book series. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • May 22, 2010
    The sequel of 1998's <i>Storm Riders</i> is a basically <i>300</i>: the martial arts movie. It has been designed as a special effects extravaganza with many epic battles (which is expected when good and evil come to the party). Disappointed, the result, though, is often visually second-rate. With almost no dialogue (a mixed blessing) or character development. <i>Storm Warriors </i> also completely overuses slow-motions. When someone's fist has actually hit its target, so much time has passed you've forgotten what they're supposed to be fighting about. Despite its many, many failing. Believe it, I really liked the original one than this sequel.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2010
    I'll start off by saying this is not a movie, but rather an experiment of how much CGI can be stuffed into 110 minutes of film. Seriously, this "movie" is boring, incoherent, preposterous, and featuring some of the dullest acting I've seen in years. When the two main characters have less dialogue then the supporting characters, somethings terribly wrong. And to be perfectly frank, the CGI isn't even all that good, just barely at the standard of Hollywood films. This is a perfect example of an overhyped, wasted effort to bring HK into a new age of blockbuster entertainment. Next time, focus should be on the story and action, then the CGI.
    Caius C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    Well I didn't see the first movie but this one fails on a lot of levels! I'm very disappointed how Directors Pang brothers has turn this "storm rider" into a completely rubbish !! This movie should be made into a 2 minutes effect show-reel instead of a full feature film !! The worst Chinese movie i ever watched for past 10 years !! Completely no story, poor in every aspect of film-making, especially the directing, acting and story !! Very boring, the movie should end right after the opening title, where after master "no name" launched his "million sword". Watsing my time and money !! "Storm rider 1" was far more better than this empty soul "storm rider 2". For non-comic fans, the whole story making no sense, and for comics fans, it was completely a disaster !! The Pang brothers has raped all the comic fans, and all comic the characters !! Green-screened movies and manga/ anime (graphic-novel/ cartoon) adaptations are a dime a dozen these days-- so what makes "Storm Warriors" (based on a Hong Kong "wuxia" comic series) any different? Well, unlike Hollywood movie adaptations which tend to tone/ dumb things down for wider/ mainstream appeal, or Japan movie adaptations which try to stuff all the original story/ characters in, Hong Kong movie adaptations are generally about entertaining their fan-base-- even at the risk of becoming self-referential/ indulgent "B"-movies. And the "magic-(kung)fu" style/ stance aptly known as "Mastery of Ten Thousand Swords" shows up right at the beginning, as if Hong Kong/Chinese cinema is staking its claim as the rightful home of "magic-(kung)fu" movies. Jedi Knights can only ape, but never muster up, THIS much style. That's right, "Storm Warriors" is an unabashed attempt at THE "magic-(kung)fu" comic-book movie-- complete with comically symbolic names and philosophical kungfu-babble, as well as the requisite series of achingly slow 2-minute "power-ups/ stand-offs" followed by dizzyingly fast 2-second "fights/ contacts", etc.. By starting right at the END of the story, "Storm Warriors" shrewdly (shamelessly?) avoids any semblance of story-telling or scale... in favor of merely showcasing the "end-game" battles that are being fought-- with NO explanations for the uninitiated. And unlike its prequel "Storm Riders", which tried semi-successfully to make a "realistic/ conventional" movie based on an earlier story-arc in the same Hong Kong comic series, this movie simply aims to realize the experience of reading/ re-imagining its "wuxia" battles-- with frequent "fades-to-black", extreme close-ups and closely-edited montages... and once I realized/ accepted I was watching a manga/ comic-in-motion, I actually had fun "interpreting/ analyzing" each "panel". In other words, just go and do your own research if you didn't "get it"... and if you didn't have fun watching it, you're obviously not its target audience-- "wuxia" fans waiting to see the next stage in the cinematic realization of "magic-(kung)fu" battles (the opening "Mastery of Ten Thousand Swords" is now CANON in "wuxia"-fantasy cinema). Never mind if you missed (like I did) the "magic-(kung)fu" movie craze started by the "Buddha Palm" in the 1960s (filmed in black-and-white) or the "Warriors of Zu Mountain" in the 1980s (filmed with wire-fu)-- thanks to the advances in green-screen and CGI technology, "Storm Warriors" is able to show you some of the wild "magic-(kung)fu" battles envisioned by generations of "wuxia"novelists/artists with all their crazy chi/energy. Of course, you can fault the directors/ writers for the lack of story/ character development-- or just blame it on comic fans who already know the story/ characters (the comic series ended ages ago), as well as "wuxia" genre fans who will able to figure it out (most of it "wuxia" clichés), or even the investors who wouldn't put up the money for a 9-hour trilogy upfront.... But you can certainly see where most of the money went-- though I wished more of it was spent fleshing out the first half of the movie, instead of endlessly "leveling-up" in the second (where budget limitations really show). Personally, I admire the producers'/ directors' guts (foolhardiness?) in splurging on the EFFECTS and scrimping on the script (instead of the other way round like most films with a tight budget). Eg. The lighting/ texture of CGI-background/effects matches with the live-action actors so well/ evenly that it usually does NOT distract/ detract from the movie (always the highest compliment for CGI); and the choice/ ability to light/ color the film with "natural/ ambient" light is a welcomed sight for sore eyes strained by heavily color-corrected sci-fi/ fantasy movies (hiding their CGI in "soft sepia", "cool blue", etc.)-- so "Storm Warriors" aimed rather low, and mostly hit its mark. In short, this movie is nothing if not "pulp/cult", and a "guilty pleasure" at that too-- the story/ characters may not resonate, but the visuals can certainly be relished... depending on how you liked them. For me, there were at least 2 things (no, not the two male leads) that they got right: "Mastery of Ten Thousand Swords" at the very beginning, and "Capricious Dance of the Demons" at the very end-- but there was really a lot of "filler" to get through... Based on the comic book series "Fung Wan" and directed by The Pang Brothers comes the incredible story of two friends, Wind and Cloud, who find themselves up against a very powerful warlord intending to invade their country. In order to protect their land these two friends seek the help of the all-powerful master. Through extensive training Wind and Cloud expose themselves to the "evil" ways to increase their powers of element. When the intensive battle begins their friendship will be tested when one finds it hard to be righteous and easy to be evil.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2010
    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;">
    James H Super Reviewer

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