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The White Storm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Hugo Ng (Actor)
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Director Benny Chan's The White Storm celebrates the brotherhood and camaraderie of three policeman played by three of Hong Kong's most sought-after actors Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung. Deploying ferries and helicopters for its magnificent action scenes, the big-budget crime blockbuster is jam-packed with cinematically appealing and perfectly designed gunfire exchanges, car crashes and explosions. Also strong on its emotional storyline, the movie introduces the beautiful Thai transgender actress Treechada Petcharat and Chinese actress Yuan Quan, making the intricate relationships of the trio even more complicated and boosting the wow factor of the film.

Ma Ngan Tin (Lau Ching Wan), So Kin Chau (Louis Koo) and Cheung Tze Wai (Nick Cheung) met and bonded as kids and their friendship continued in police academy with their shared passion for law and justice. While Ngan Tin and Tze Wai get into the Narcotics Bureau upon graduation, Kin Chau is pre-selected to go undercover in one of Hong Kong's biggest drug trafficking triads. Going deeper into the flourishing drug business, they track down drug lord Eight-Faced Buddha (Lo Hoi Pang) in Thailand and are forced to face a painful confrontation which only allows two of them to walk back out alive.

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Product Title: The White Storm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 掃毒 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 扫毒 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 掃毒 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The White Storm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Hugo Ng (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Lee Siu Kei (Actor) | Lam Kwok Bun (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Yolanda Yuan (Actor) | Treechada Petcharat (Actor) | Berg Ng (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor) 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 吳岱融 (Actor) | 羅蘭 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 李兆基 (Actor) | 林國斌 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 袁 泉 (Actor) | 寶兒 (Actor) | 吳廷燁 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) 刘 青云 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 吴岱融 (Actor) | 罗兰 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 李兆基 (Actor) | 林国斌 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 袁 泉 (Actor) | 宝儿 (Actor) | 吴廷烨 (Actor) | 江若琳 (Actor) 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 呉岱融(ン・トイヨン) (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) (Actor) | 李兆基(リー・シウケイ) (Actor) | 林國斌(ラム・クォックバン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | 袁泉(ユアン・チュアン) (Actor) | Treechada Petcharat (Actor) | 呉廷燁 (ン・ティンイップ) (Actor) | 江若琳(エレイン・コン) (Actor) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Hugo Ng (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Lee Siu Kei (Actor) | Lam Kwok Bun (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Yolanda Yuan (Actor) | Treechada Petcharat (Actor) | WU TING YE (Actor) | Elanne Kwong (Actor)
Director: Benny Chan 陳木勝 陈木胜 陳木勝(ベニー・チャン) Benny Chan
Action Director: Li Zhong Zhi 李忠志 李忠志 Li Zhong Zhi Li Zhong Zhi
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-01-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 50 GB - Double Layer
Rating: IIB
Duration: 135 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035012786

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* Special Features:
1. Trailer
2. Making of
3. Deleted Scenes

Director: Benny Chan

Tin, Chow and Wai are brotherly bonded partners in Narcotics Bureau. The three have an opportunity to capture notorious druglord Eight-faced Buddha in Thailand, during the operation Tin’s team is completely annihilated, Tin is forced to choose one survivor between Wai and Chow. The destiny of the three is twisted….
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Professional Review of "The White Storm (2013) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 29, 2014

Benny Chan does John Woo for The White Storm, a modern-day actioner infused with copious amounts of bullets, brotherhood and bromance. Chan's heroic bloodshed riff is less pronounced than John Woo's 20th century variety – because audiences nowadays are too cynical to accept Woo-level violence or emotions – but it's got the same feel, what with omnipresent images of men crying and smiling amidst bullet-riddled bodies. This type of red meat man's movie will always have an audience, and it helps that Benny Chan enlists Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan and Nick Cheung as his leading men. The presence of such revered, if not award-winning, actors goes a long way in making White Storm a crowd-pleasing action-drama. That said, the film has some issues, not least among them the fact that Benny Chan is the director. Chan is great with action, but with everything else? Not as much.

Undercover cop So Kin-Chow (Louis Koo) is getting tired of running with the triads, even with his childhood friends and fellow cops Ma Ho-Tin (Lau Ching-Wan) and Cheung Tsz-Wai (Nick Cheung) acting as his handlers. After one final raid to take down a drug dealer (Shi Yanneng a.k.a. Xing Yu), Chow is slated to go back to regular cop duties and, hopefully, a normal life with his pregnant wife Chloe (Yolanda Yuan). Unfortunately, the big muck-a-mucks want Chow to follow one final lead: He must go with Tin and Wai to Thailand to pursue druglord Eight-Faced Buddha (Lo Hoi-Pang with wacky hair). Unsurprisingly, Chow's reaction is "Not cool, dudes," but he's cajoled into going along by another round of his friends singing the theme song to the 1976 drama "Luk Siu-Fung", a stirring tune about swordplay brothers who band together and triumph in jiang hu. A fitting if unsubtle parallel courtesy of Benny Chan.

Unfortunately, things in Thailand don't go as planned. The team deals with betrayal and bad bureaucracy, not to mention untimely cowardice and a long speech about friendship from Nick Cheung. Everything goes pear-shaped and our heroes (most of them, anyway) return to Hong Kong with their friendship torn apart. Tin is professionally shamed and now walks with a limp, Chow is separated from his wife and daughter, and Wai – well, you'll just have to see what happens to him. Five years pass and the Eight-Faced Buddha returns for even more evil shenanigans. Will our heroes let bygones be bygones and become brothers once more? The White Storm does enough right that its twists and turns may not seem predictable – that is, unless you've seen a trailer, in which case you'll have an idea where this all goes. But this story has proven dramatic power and, considering the actors involved, qualifies as one of the year's most potent set-ups.

A set-up won't ensure victory, however. The first half of White Storm is very promising, and defines its characters and situations in solid if not completely efficient fashion. Exposition is a bit obvious, but by the time the film hits its Thailand-set turning point, it's firing on all cylinders. Pinned down by Eight-Faced Buddha's men, Tin must make a terrible choice that ultimately sets up the rest of the film. This harrowing build-up feels earned, but the rest of the film doesn't match up. For one thing, White Storm takes half its length to reach its turning point, leaving not enough time to address everything. A Better Tomorrow completed its set-up in its first third, allowing ample time for bromantic interludes and necessary development. White Storm only has an hour to get its heroes on the same page, and the narrative obstacles created are so large that it requires too many shortcuts and too much suspension of disbelief to accomplish that.

Also, the manpain is just enormous. Each actor gets award-baiting crying clips with moments of spoken contrition coming stiffly in succession like each actor is waiting for his turn to step up to the microphone. One guy cries about his pain, then another, then another – these are long speeches that sometimes occur at the wrong moments, with the film occasionally stopping cold to accommodate the waterworks. Chan is invested in his characters but draws them in a labored and obvious manner, plus it seems that he can concentrate only on action or emotion at any given time. The lead characters are fine as heroic bloodshed archetypes, though a better connection between each character and their fate would be good. The film also lacks a really good villain (Lo Hoi-Pang is fine, but cruises mostly on his ridiculous hairstyle), and the female characters are little more than accessories. This is a man's movie, all right.

At least Chan got the right men. Louis Koo and Lau Ching-Wan have chemistry to spare, and fit their given roles neatly. Neither is a revelation, as each is given a character that plays off the actor's past strengths, i.e., Lau Ching-Wan as the intense leader, and Louis Koo as the sweaty, potentially weak undercover. Nick Cheung is the biggest surprise and steals the movie handily, though the filmmakers also give him the most to work with. Cheung's turn allows for some playfulness amidst all the blood and bromance, and it's a flaw that his is the only character that has fun. Even in his most nihilistic heroic bloodshed pictures (think Bullet in the Head), John Woo would give his heroes some playful moments of brotherhood, but all we get here is the occasional singing of that TV theme song. Manly bonding can get a little corny, but so what? White Storm needs a little more cheese to go with its whine.

As expected, Benny Chan delivers on the action, and the climax, set in a Macau casino lounge, dredges up mucho memories of heroic bloodshed movies past. Despite making no sense at all (Why doesn't anyone at the casino notice that one of their lounges is being blown to hell?), the action sequence provides images of bullets spraying, debris flying, and our heroes taking a zillion bullets and yet still trudging on heroically. There's a rousing and also nostalgic quality to Chan's arrangement of genre elements that's enough to make White Storm a solid, if definitely bloated (140 minutes long!) sit. The disappointment is that despite attempting to ape John Woo in theme, image and even story, Benny Chan can only follow through limply. This is like a Hollywood attempt at heroic bloodshed that offers familiar images, but avoids the over-the-top blood, tears and bromance necessary to make it memorable. Give Chan his due, though: John Woo-lite is better than no John Woo at all.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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February 10, 2014

An homage to 80s crime genre
Don't we love the theme of camaraderie and loyalty in Hong Kong cinema, especially when coupled with ample car crushes and gunfire? Benny Chan continues to bring us plenty of that with crime blockbuster The White Storm starring Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung. With a screenplay written by five different writers including Chan and Manfred Wong, the story is a rich brew of twists and turns pertaining to the idea of heroism and brotherhood featured in and popularized by the crime genre in the 80s.

Going undercover in the drug-dealing syndicate, Louis Koo is So who works alongside his two childhood friends Ma (Lau Ching Wan) and Cheung (Nick Cheung) in the Narcotics Bureau with the goal to track down Thai drug lord Eight-faced Buddha (Lo Hoi Pang). Their destiny goes awry the moment So tries at great risk to end his days as a mole and return to his estranged wife.

A plot twist backed by a magnificent action scene emerges halfway through the movie when Ma is forced to choose between So and Cheung. Hitting all the right notes for a Hong Kong-style cops-and-criminals thriller about upholding justice and righteousness, the film offers everything from snipers to helicopters while cruelly scraping bare the emotions of three lifelong friends. Despite some over-the-top gunplay in the ending scene, Chan makes it clear that The White Storm is a throwback to Hong Kong action thrillers when Shi Yao Ru Dao Shan, a classic tune of brotherhood and friendship, plays on cue in the background.

The film is a cinematic spectacle from beginning to end supported by the solid performances of three award-winning actors, plus the beautiful (or controversial) addition of Thai transgender actress Treechada Petcharat. Audiences can nostalgically recall crime classics such as John Woo's A Better Tomorrow with this new-age heroic police feature.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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Benny Chan's heroic bloodshed throwback Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Benny Chan deserves credit for his efforts here in combining a contemporary HK police thriller with old school heroic bloodshed elements. Sure, logic is thrown out of the window a few times, but the overall package was thoroughly satisfying. The starpower and action are both top-notch. Nick Cheung steals the show here.
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