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YesAsia Editorial Description
ICAC agent Luk (Louis Koo) is investigating the case of a Jockey Club trader suspected of accepting bribes and fixing sports betting odds. The suspect, however, gets murdered in broad daylight by a hitman (Vic Chou), and Luk is the only witness. Detective Lau (Julian Cheung) is put in charge of the murder case, but in a classic example of ICAC and police deadlock, he is unable to get much information out of Luk. The two agencies delve into the victim's connection with illegal bookmaking operations and discover that there is a mysterious and ruthless big boss pulling the strings.
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|Artist Name(s):||Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor) | Bowie Lam (Actor) | Dada Chan | Sheng Jun (Actor) | Joe Cheng | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Shek Sau (Actor) | Terence Yin | Philip Keung | Kwok Fung | Cheung Tong Cho | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Alan Luk (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Li Zhong Xi (Actor) | Chan Yu Sam (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) 張智霖 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 周渝民 (Actor) | 蔡少芬 (Actor) | 林保怡 (Actor) | 陳靜 (DaDa) | 盛君 (Actor) | 鄭敬基 | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 石修 (Actor) | 尹子維 | 姜 皓文 | 郭峰 | 張同祖 | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 陸 駿光 (Actor) | 張 松枝 (Actor) | 李 忠希 (Actor) | 陳 宇琛 (Actor) | 蔡潔 (Actor) 张智霖 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 周渝民 (Actor) | 蔡少芬 (Actor) | 林保怡 (Actor) | 陈静 (DaDa) | 盛君 (Actor) | 郑敬基 | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 石修 (Actor) | 尹子维 | 姜 皓文 | 郭峰 | 张同祖 | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 陆 骏光 (Actor) | 张 松枝 (Actor) | 李 忠希 (Actor) | 陈 宇琛 (Actor) | 蔡洁 (Actor) 張智霖（チョン・チーラム） (Actor) | 古天樂 （ルイス・クー） (Actor) | 周渝民 （ヴィック・チョウ） (Actor) | 蔡少芬（エイダ・チョイ） (Actor) | 林保怡（ラム・ボーイー） (Actor) | Dada Chan | Sheng Jun (Actor) | 鄭敬基（ジョー･チェン） | 廬海鵬（ロー・ホイパン） (Actor) | 石修（シェク・サウ） (Actor) | 尹子維（テレンス・イン） | 姜皓文（キョン・ヒウマン） | Kwok Fung | 張同祖 （チョン・トンチョー） | 曾國祥（デレク・ツァン） (Actor) | Alan Luk (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Li Zhong Xi (Actor) | Chan Yu Sam (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor) Julian Cheung (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Vic Chou (Actor) | Ada Choi (Actor) | Bowie Lam (Actor) | Dada Chan | Sheng Jun (Actor) | Joe Cheng | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Shek Sau (Actor) | Terence Yin | Philip Keung | Kwok Fung | Cheung Tong Cho | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Alan Luk (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Li Zhong Xi (Actor) | Chan Yu Sam (Actor) | Jacky Cai (Actor)|
|Director:||David Lam 林德祿 林德禄 David Lam David Lam|
|Writer:||Huang Hao Hua 黃 浩華 黄 浩华 Huang Hao Hua Huang Hao Hua|
|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?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||2.35 : 1|
|Sound Information:||7.1, Dolby TrueHD|
|Disc Format(s):||Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Publisher:||Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1054685285|
- Making of
While he was tailing a Jockey Club trader in his investigation, Principal Investigator William Luk (Louis Koo) of the ICAC witnessed the murder of the trader by a lone assassin (Chou Yu Min). Inspector Lau Po Keung (Julian Cheung) of the Crime Unit was assigned to the murder and got nowhere with Luk’s testimony as Luk refused to disclose anything pertaining to his own investigation. Another classic run-in between the Police and ICAC was in the making.
When the Police investigation led to someone called Teacher (Lo Hoi Pang), the biggest player who controls the illegal bookmaking on football betting in Hong Kong, Terry Lun (Bowie Lam), the Security Manager of the Jockey Club was murdered. While Lau was in ot pursuit of the assassin, the assassin escaped with the help of Lau’s sister, Ebby (Dada Chan). The Hired hit was ordered by Big Boss, the mastermind behind an international crime syndicate who manipulated football matches in Euroope. His partner was Ha Chi Yin (Shek Sau), one of the directors of the Jockey Club who was the shoo-in candidate as the next Chairman.
Two disciplined forces embarked on the case with mutual distrust ended up with rapport and understanding to uproot the crime syndicate…
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Professional Review of "S Storm (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"
The ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) faces-off against corruption again in S Storm, the follow-up to the moderately successful 2014 thriller Z Storm. Veteran director David Lam returns, as does leading man Louis Koo, along with several other cast members from the original and new additions from the TVB roster, this time for a tale focusing on bribery and gambling after crimes at the HK Jockey Club lead to the uncovering of an insidious conspiracy.
Louis Koo again plays Principal Investigator William Luk, the film starting off with him putting the screws on a trader at the powerful Jockey Club under suspicion of taking bribes and illegal gambling activity. The case turns deadly when the suspect is gunned down in the street by a hitman called Song (Taiwanese actor Vic Chou, Saving General Yang), leaving Luk the only witness. This results in the local police force becoming involved, led by Detective Lau (Julian Cheung, Triumph in the Skies), who has his own problems keeping his squad together and dealing with his estranged sister Ebby (Dada Chen, Vulgaria). Inevitably, Luk and Lau butt heads at they try to get to the bottom of things, though are forced to pool their resources when it becomes clear that a shady international criminal cartel with government connections is involved.
Although it's debatable whether or not S Storm is an actual sequel, several characters being markedly different and some supporting cast members taking on other roles, most viewers should have a pretty good idea what to expect from this kind of anti-corruption thriller, namely political shenanigans, inter-departmental jostling, lots of hands being slammed on tables and plenty of swooping shots of computers and needlessly fast editing in an effort to convince that there's more going on than there actually is. To be fair, though dry, S Storm is a definite improvement on the hard to swallow Z Storm and is for the most part more grounded and believable, despite the presence of an amusingly stereotypical crusty old white villain, complete with goon henchmen played by smirking non-actors. While the ICAC team members unsurprisingly come off looking impossibly noble as they march purposefully off into the sunset, there’s an effort to work in some moral questions and grey areas along the way, David Lam probing the question of graft and its role in governance, if not with the same substance as Cold War and its sequel then at least with a reasonable level of complexity. There's certainly a lot going on, and the essentially predictable plot does engage, a short running time and some timely references to current affairs helping to keep the viewer close to the edge of the seat, if perhaps a touch bewildered in places.
Some slick production values also serve well to distract from the film's familiarity and flaws, and there's no denying that it looks good and glossy throughout. Lam works in some effective action scenes, including several decent car chases and violent shoot-outs, and these keep things moving along nicely throughout the film's admirably short running time. The cast also do their bit to add a touch of class, and while Louis Koo phones in his usual performance he's generally good value for money, as is Vic Chou, who impresses as the film’s most interesting character, and Dada Chen in a fairly subdued role. Though fans of Michael Wong and his unique acting style may rue his absence, this does make the film easier to take seriously, and the supporting cast of TVB faces all play their parts well enough.
In terms of recent corruption and anti-graft dramas and thrillers, though nothing truly memorable, S Storm is above average and offers an hour and a half of respectable genre entertainment. Never as weighty or intelligent as David Lam seems to think it is, the film nevertheless has its moments, and should be enjoyed by fans of the form or anyone who likes a lot of shouting with their action.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com