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The Storm Riders (Blu-ray) (Remastered) (US Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor)
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The Storm Riders (Blu-ray) (Remastered) (US Version)
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Based on Ma Wing Shing's best-selling comic, blockbuster action fantasy The Storm Riders opened a new page in Hong Kong Cinema when it was released in 1998. Directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs), the big-budget all-star production broke box office records with its fusion of comic book adventure, wuxia mythology, wirework action, and pure cinematic spectacle. The Storm Riders boasted the best special effects ever seen in a Hong Kong film at the time, courtesy of pioneering visual effects house Centro which would go on to work on films like Kill Bill and Kung Fu Hustle. Ekin Cheng (Young and Dangerous) and Aaron Kwok (After This, Our Exile) star as the iconic eponymous heroes, Wind and Cloud, while legendary Japanese actor Sonny Chiba lords over the film as the villainous Conquer. The fantastical martial arts spectacle is further supported by a star-studded cast that includes Anthony Wong, Shu Qi, Kristy Yang, Alex Fong Chung Sun, Yu Rong Guang, Lawrence Cheng, Wayne Lai, and Xu Jinglei, making the The Storm Riders a must-see Hong Kong classic that thrills and amazes even a decade later.

Power-hungry overlord Conquer (Sonny Chiba) is out to take over the martial arts world, and his victory depends on two children named Wind and Cloud. Acting on a prophecy by the Mud Buddha (Wayne Lai), Conquer hunts down the two boys, kills their parents, and takes them as disciples. Ten years later, Wind (Ekin Cheng) has grown into a laidback, kind-hearted swordsman, and Cloud (Aaron Kwok), a cold and silent brooder, both with superior martial arts skills. As the top lieutenants in Conquer's clan, Wind and Cloud have as prophesized aided their master in his evil quest to dominate the world. But as he stands at the brink of absolute power, Conquer finally hears the second half of the prophecy: Wind and Cloud will bring him victory... and also downfall.

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Product Title: The Storm Riders (Blu-ray) (Remastered) (US Version) 風雲 (又名: 風雲雄霸天下) (Blu-ray) (修復版) (美國版) 风云 (又名: 风云雄霸天下) (Blu-ray) (修复版) (美国版) 風雲 ストームライダーズ (風雲雄霸天下) (Blu-ray) (デジタルリマスター版) (US版) The Storm Riders (Blu-ray) (Remastered) (US Version)
Also known as: The Stormriders The Stormriders The Stormriders The Stormriders The Stormriders
Artist Name(s): Ekin Cheng (Actor) | Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | Sonny Chiba (Actor) | Christine Ng | Lawrence Cheng | Anthony Wong | Alex Fong Chung Sun | Wan Yeung Ming | Wayne Lai | Michael Tse | Roy Cheung | Yu Rong Guang | Jason Chu | Elvis Tsui | Xu Jing Lei | Lee Siu Kei | Man Chuen | Wang Zhi Wen | Ng Chi Hung | Danny Pang | Marco Mak | LUO SHI PING | Lee Pik Kwan 鄭伊健 (Actor) | 郭富城 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 楊恭如 (Actor) | 千葉真一 (Actor) | 伍詠薇 | 鄭丹瑞 | 黃 秋生 | 方中信 | 尹揚明 | 黎耀祥 | 謝天華 | 張耀揚 | 于榮光 | 朱永棠 | 徐錦江 | 徐靜蕾 | 李兆基 | 文雋 | 王 志文 | 吳志雄 | 彭發 | 麥子善 | 羅世平 | 利碧君 郑伊健 (Actor) | 郭富城 (Actor) | 舒 淇 (Actor) | 杨恭如 (Actor) | 千叶真一 (Actor) | 伍咏薇 | 郑丹瑞 | 黄 秋生 | 方中信 | 尹扬明 | 黎耀祥 | 谢天华 | 张耀扬 | 于荣光 | 朱永棠 | 徐锦江 | 徐静蕾 | 李兆基 | 文隽 | 王 志文 | 吴志雄 | 彭 发 | 麦子善 | 罗世平 | 利碧君 鄭伊健(イーキン・チェン) (Actor) | 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 楊恭如 (クリスティン・ヤン) (Actor) | 千葉真一 (Actor) | 伍詠薇(クリスティン・ン) | 鄭丹瑞(チェン・ダンソイ) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) | 尹揚明(ビンセント・ワン) | ライ・ユーチョン | 謝天華(マイケル・ツェ) | 張耀揚(ロイ・チョン) | 于榮光 (ユー・ロングァン) | 朱永棠(ジェイソン・チュー) | 徐錦江(チョイ・ガムゴン) | 徐静蕾(シュー・ジンレイ) | 李兆基(リー・シウケイ) | 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) | 王志文 (ワン・チーウェン) | Ng Chi Hung | 彭發 (ダニー・パン) | 麥子善 (マルコ・マック) | LUO SHI PING | Lee Pik Kwan Ekin Cheng (Actor) | 곽부성 (Actor) | 서기 (Actor) | Kristy Yang (Actor) | Sonny Chiba (Actor) | Christine Ng | Lawrence Cheng | Anthony Wong | 방중신 | Wan Yeung Ming | Wayne Lai | Michael Tse | Roy Cheung | Yu Rong Guang | Jason Chu | Elvis Tsui | Xu Jing Lei | Lee Siu Kei | Man Chuen | Wang Zhi Wen | Ng Chi Hung | Danny Pang | Marco Mak | LUO SHI PING | Lee Pik Kwan
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
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: 2009-05-27
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, Uncompressed PCM 5.1.
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 128 (mins)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020261755

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* Trailer and special effects feature
* Capacity: 50GB Dual Layer
* Video Codec: AVC
* Video Resolution (maximum) : 1920 X 1080p FULL HD
* Audio Specifications:
- Cantonese: DTS HD 5.1
- Cantonese: LPCM 5.1
- Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1

Director: Andrew Lau

  Nie Feng - Wind and Bu Jingyun - Cloud are raised by Xiong Ba of the World Society. But Xiong Ba also killed their fathers. Wind and Cloud grow up training with Xiong's first disciple, Qin Xiang. The Three become Xiong's trusted aides in his design to rule the world.

  Mud Buddha opens the Persian Box and reveals Xiong's destiny : Wind and Cloud will make you. Wind and Cloud will break you.

  Kong Qi, Xiong's daughter, is fond of Wind, but she has also promised herself to Cloud. Xiong, worried about a Wind-Cloud alliance, exploits the love triangle by offering her hand to Wind while knowing that Cloud is deeply in love with her.

  Cloud breaks his ties from Wind and Xiong and vows to take Kong away. Xiong tries to use Cloud's outburst as an excuse to kill him, but kills Kong instead by accident. Cloud flees with her body.

  To get rid of Wind, Xiong sends the young man to the Fiery Cave to obtain the Sacred Grapes. The cave is guarded by the Fiery Unicorn. Wind finds his father's lost sword in the cave and ingests the Sacred Grapes to fortify himself in his fight against the unicorn.

  Wind and Cloud finally unite to avenge their fathers' deaths. Using the powerful swords left by their fathers, the young men kill Xiong in a fierce fight.
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Professional Review of "The Storm Riders (Blu-ray) (Remastered) (US Version)"

June 8, 2009

This professional review refers to The Storm Riders: 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition (DVD) (Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Having reached its tenth anniversary and with a big budget Pang Brothers directed sequel on the way, the remastered re-release of The Storm Riders is both timely and welcome. A massive box office hit on its original 1998 release, the film was a milestone in Hong Kong fantasy cinema, boasting a previously unseen quality and quantity of special effects, out doing even Tsui Hark's classic i>Wu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain. Boasting an all star cast headlined by Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok and including the likes of Anthony Wong, Shu Qi, Alex Fong and legendary Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, the film was a massive event, and set a new standard for the genre.

The plot is classical wuxia style mythology, with an evil overlord called Conqueror (Sonny Chiba) trying to take over the martial arts world. After it is prophesised that two young boys called Cloud and Wind are needed to help him complete his domination, he kills their parents and takes them as his students. The two grow to men under his tutelage, serving as the top lieutenants in his army, with Wind (Ekin Cheng) being more laidback than the rather serious and distant Cloud (Aaron Kwok). All seems to be going according to Conqueror's plan, until he is told that the prophecy has a second part - that Wind and Cloud will bring about his destruction.

Watching The Storm Riders today, it is amazing just how well the film has aged. The computer generated special effects, which were provided by Centro (an effects house which went on to work on high profile films such as Kill Bill and Kung Fu Hustle, are still impressive, and actually compare favourably with those of many more recent efforts. In this respect, the remastering has certainly been worthwhile, as it serves well to clean up some of the graininess of the previously available release and underlines the imagination and creativity of the effects even more. The film has a truly spectacular feel, thanks to some excellent production values, with the big budget clearly having been put to great use. Future Infernal Affairs co-helmer Andrew Lau's direction is tight, and he gives the proceedings a suitably epic feel. The martial arts action comes thick and fast, with some great wire work as the characters fly through the air and engage in explosively over the top duels like colourful superheroes. The film was edited by Danny Pang, and his fast cutting technique adds an injection of pace and style that has been copied in countless other productions since.

Perhaps inevitably given the fact that the original comic book series by Ma Wing Shing took several years to unfold, the narrative is rather chaotic, attempting to cram in a huge cast of characters, each with their own motivation and back story. Some do get lost in the mix, and unprepared viewers may find themselves somewhat confused by the alarming frequency with which bit players come and go, often with very little in the way of explanation. However, this isn't too much of a problem, even for the uninitiated, as the film is an incredible amount of fun, and it's easy enough just to go with the flow. Certainly, Lau doesn't take things too seriously, and although this means that some of the more melodramatic aspects of the plot fall a little flat, the film engages throughout.

Of course, to a large extent it is the special effects and action which keep the viewer on the edge of the seat, and The Storm Riders is chiefly a visual experience. It's a real tribute to the obvious effort and craftsmanship which went into it that as a big screen spectacle it has not often been equalled during the ten years since its original release, and it remains as much of a must-see for any self respecting fan of Hong Kong cinema as it did back then. Rarely do comic book adaptations work this well, and the film is one of the very few to have the genuine feel of fantasy made reality.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (40)

Yee-Wei
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July 31, 2009

Blu-ray quality Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Honestly, the blu-ray version of this film is really badly mastered. Grain-reduction was applied too heavily and all details were lost. The HD version just looked like a slightly better quality version of the DVD. Like an extrapolated upscaled version of the DVD. It is a pity as it was one of the technically more advanced movie of its time when it came out.
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June 30, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

LPCM Track is out of sync Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This is a nice Blu-Ray with nice picture quality and the DTS HD sound track is good. But the LPCM track is out of sync with the video, it is in fact a few minutes slower.
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June 13, 2009

This customer review refers to The Storm Riders: 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition (DVD) (Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Just a little extra info. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I'd just like to add that the 10th Anniversary Edition is anamorphic, even the trailers from the first disc. Haven't watched the second one yet.
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June 10, 2009

This customer review refers to The Storm Riders: 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition (DVD) (Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Ekin Cheng forever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm so glad they finally re-released Storm Riders on DVD. I remember over 10 years ago when it first came out. Everyone in my theater rioted because it was such a freaking fantastic movie. Afterwards, four of my friends changed their name to "Cloud" - though one claimed it was because of Final Fantasy VII. He was a liar, though.

Having rewatched the film, it amazes me how much it holds up. Centro's special effects are pretty good even by today's standards, and are easily better than that Dragonball Evolution movie. Sonny Chiba's overacting is still amazing even now, and Ekin Cheng's hair knows no equal. Shu Qi is actually pretty good. But what happened to Kristy Yeung, anyway? I saw her recently in Ming Ming and it was like a flashback or something. I look forward to the sequel because it has Aaron and Ekin. I would have liked for Shu Qi to come back, but since the sequel has Lam Suet, all is forgiven.
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May 21, 2009

This customer review refers to The Storm Riders: 10th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition (DVD) (Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
blu ray Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i liked this movie a lot i can't wait for a blu ray release !!!!!!!!!
i would like to know when is gonna be released!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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