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The Storm Riders

3.8 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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Contains the uncut Cantonese version, and the English language international version! Before Shaolin Soccer, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Hero, there was the Stormriders. Released in 1998, it was the most visually impressive, action packed film to ever come out of Hong Kong. Based on the hugely successful comic book, Storm Riders set the standard for future action wire-fu special effects movies not only in Hong Kong but around the world. It broke all box office records in its native land due to its exciting story, stellar cast, and impressive CG effects.

Lord Conquer (Sonny Chiba) is an evil martial arts master obsessed with ultimate power. After learning that there are two young boys with special powers, he sets out to unite them and bring invincibility to his clan. After taking the boys by force, he begins training Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Cloud (Aaron Kwok) to use their special gifts. As they grow stronger, so does Conquer's clan. Wind and Cloud believe they were orphaned and raised by Lord Conquer so they feel they owe their lives to him. After Conquer announces that his daughter Charity (Kristy Yang) will marry Wind, the bond between the two brothers is broken. Once they discover Conquer's true intentions, his reign of evil has begun, and it will take the two brothers working together to destroy the man they once called their father.

Never before released in the United States in its original uncut form, this new special edition DVD is the ultimate edition of the original Storm Riders!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonny Chiba, Anthony Wong, Roy Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Michael Tse
  • Directors: Andrew Lau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Discotek Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E2QH2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Storm Riders" on IMDb

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By A. Tow on May 21, 2006
Format: DVD
This version "Wind and Cloud - The Storm Riders" made in 2004 is not the same as "The Storm Riders" made in 1998.

This dvd is a condensed version of a TV series packaged by Tai Seng. It is full-screen and was made for TV. It is pretty disjointed as it was condensed into 2 hours from 30 hours.

Most people doing the reviews for this DVD is confusing everyone writing positive reviews for the 1998 film staring Aaron Kwok and Ekin Chen.
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Storm Riders is a nearly perfect chinese fantasy movie! If you are thinking, maybe another Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, you are not even close. I am not at all saying that if you like C.T.H.D. you won't like this, they are just two very different movies. Along with some high-wire acts, Storm Riders combines great visual effects with exciting and original sword play. The sword fighting along with some hand to hand action is purely of the fantasy kind consisting of swords throwing huge waves of energy out from them to whirlwind kicks and manipulating liquid to be used as a weapon. There is also real fighting mixed in there to keep you from saying this is too much.

Sounds a bit out there, doesn't it. You must know that this film is based on a comic book. The story is of two young boys who are raised and ruled by the man who killed their parents and grow up to become martial arts masters. Filled with a ton of action, this tale is of loyalty, love, and revenge. The movie slows down a few times, but only to add to the depth of the story, then right back into another gravity-defying brawl. The acting is much better than I anticipated and is probably the best I have seen Ekin Cheng perform.

The movie is in widescreen but not anamorphic. Excellent film quality and sound(DTS/Dolby Digital) help this movie really come to life. You will have to read subtitles but they are done very well. There are no extensive lines that will cause you to have to speed read.

If you have an open mind when it comes to fantasy you will surely enjoy this one. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed and must recommend checking this out.
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AMAZON PUT THE COMMENTS AND RATINGS FOR THE TV SHOW AND THE MOVIE TOGETHER.

The movie is titled simply "storm riders". this is good people like this movie.

The TV show is call "storm riders blah blah blah" noone likes it. It was condensed from a 30hr Tv series in to a 2hr. disks.

noone was trying to fool anyone. amazon's system just does not recognize the difference.
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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. Remember that this is an adaption from Chinese comics, so expect guys with marital art prowess, and not guys with bulging muscles and skin-tight costume.

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. There are some questionable taste around. Acoustically, DTS, with its higher bitrate, is just superb. I can even here the water fizzles. You need to watch this show to get another world of HK movie-making.

In summary, I think computer special effects fit well with comic-book style 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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NOTICE: this is not really a sequel.

This is one of those Television movie/mini-series remakes of a theatrical release. You will not get cinematic visuals, you will get TV quality visuals.

Too many people are not providing appropriate reviews and this is more a betrayal of your consumer bethren.

The original Storm Riders is an amazing fantasy tale, this is not. This is more like a standard kung fu action flick that uses the characters. Storm Riders had that fantasy feel, this does not. There is good kung fu action, but this thing seems incoherent while you are trying to watch it, and that may be because they have tried to cut and paste the movie together, if my theory is correct in that it was a miniseries adaptation. The story starts and stops with no flow.

If you just want an action flick with some decent fight scenes get this, it's tolerable, but in no way is it on the caliber of Storm Riders. I really wish they establish a standard that differentiates the TV adaptations from real theatrical releases, such releases tend to be a bit insulting.

The ONLY thing that is redeeming for this is a really cute female actor, and that's it! I've never seen Wind and Cloud so unattractive, and this is based off Aaron Kwock and Ekin Cheng. These 2 are appropriate, but no substitute.
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