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Storm Rider - Clash of Evils (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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Based on the same Hong Kong comic that inspired Andrew Lau's fantasy action blockbuster The Storm Riders, animated film Storm Rider - Clash of Evils continues the fantastical martial arts adventures of brooding swordsmen Wind and Cloud. Directed by Dante Lam (The Beast Stalker), Clash of Evils essentially picks up where the live-action film left off, opening with Wind and Cloud defeating evil overlord Conquer. The final duel, however, awakens the Kylin Blood within Wind, turning him into a powerful and uncontrollable monster. Cloud manages to contain Wind, but he gets injured in the process and loses his memory. Separated from each other, Cloud joins a gang of street thieves and begins a new life, while Wind vows to never fall to the dark side again. The brothers are led back to action and each other, when Ao Jue, owner of the Kylin Sword, launches his evil plan to take over the martial arts world. To achieve ultimate power, Ao Jue must draw the blood of Wind....

A must-watch for fans of the franchise, Storm Rider - Clash of Evils gives animated life to the complex, action-packed world of Storm Riders, expanding on the heroes and the mythology of Ma Wing Shing's ongoing comic, which has published over 500 issues since 1989. The Mandarin version of Storm Riders - Clash of Evils is voiced by Nicholas Tse (Cloud), Richie Jen (Wind), and Cecilia Han. The Cantonese version is voiced by TVB actor Raymond Lam (Cloud), singer Hins Cheung (Wind), Juno Mak, Ti Lung, and Hotcha.

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Product Title: Storm Rider - Clash of Evils (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 風雲決 (VCD) (香港版) 风云决 (VCD) (香港版) 風雲決 - Clash Of Evils (香港版) (VCD) Storm Rider - Clash of Evils (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse | Richie Jen | Raymond Lam | Hins Cheung | Juno Mak | Cecilia Han | Hotcha 謝 霆鋒 | 任 賢齊 | 林峯 | 張敬軒 | 麥浚龍 | 韓雪 | Hotcha 谢 霆锋 | 任 贤齐 | 林峯 | 张敬轩 | 麦浚龙 | 韩雪 | Hotcha 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  | 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) | 林峯(レイモンド・ラム) | 張敬軒(ヒンズ・チャン) | 麥浚龍(ジュノ・マック) | 韓雪(ハン・シュエ) | HotCha (ホットチャ) 사 정봉 | Richie Jen | Raymond Lam | Hins Cheung | Juno Mak | Han Xue | Hotcha
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢 (ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Release Date: 2009-01-23
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1012947687

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Director: Dante Lam

The emperor destroys The Sword Worship Villa, central China's top sword-maker, alleging that its people conspired to overthrow him. The young master of the villa, Ao Jue is the sole survivor. The Ao family has cast Jue a sword which can only be completed and its power unleashed with the blood of the Fire Kirin. However the Fire Kirin has been killed by Wind and Cloud and disappeared from the face of the earth. Ao Jue can only restrain his anger and live in exile in the West City. As the only two people in the world who have Kirin blood running in their veins, Wind and Cloud gets embroiled and a deadly calamity ensues...
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January 16, 2009

This professional review refers to Storm Rider - Clash of Evils (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
If you can't wait for the live-action sequel to Storm Riders, you can satiate your Wind and Cloud lust with Storm Rider - Clash of Evils. Directed by Dante Lam (Beast Cops), this animated feature functions as almost a de-facto sequel to the 1998 Andrew Lau blockbuster. Clash of Evils basically starts where the live-action Storm Riders left off, with orphaned martial artists Wind and Cloud taking on Conquer, the man who murdered their parents in order to make them his disciples and secure his rule of the martial arts world.

Wind and Cloud defeat Conquer, but afterwards Wind is possessed by the Kylin Blood, which he obtained when he previously slew the Fire Kylin, a fierce fire beast. The blood makes him ultra-powerful, but it also pushes him towards the dark side. Wind becomes uncontrollable and a right pain, so Cloud must contain his former pal lest he go nuts and slaughter indiscriminately. After a duel, the two are separated. Restored to some semblance of sanity, Wind believes Cloud to be dead, and grieves by going on a drinking binge. Meanwhile, the very-much-alive Cloud suffers from amnesia, and forgets that he's part of a martial arts superhero tag team. He eventually settles into an idyllic life with a gang of children pickpockets. Is this the end of the Wind and Cloud partnership?

Not a chance. As the prophecy goes, both success and failure are gained through the combination of Wind and Cloud; the two have linked fates, and will bring both balance and chaos to the world of martial arts. Wind and Cloud are ultimately drawn back together, and soon have to contend with angry bastard Ao Jue, who hails from the extinct Sword Worship Villa. Ao Jue possesses the Kylin Sword and wants to use it to draw out the Kylin Blood from Wind and Cloud in order to become more powerful, thus aiding his hostile takeover of the martial arts world. As an unfortunate side effect, Ao Jue's machinations return Wind to his bestial Kylin-possessed state. Can Cloud stop Ao Jue, and will he have to put down his sworn brother, too?

If you saw Storm Riders, then Clash of Evils may hold some interest because it possesses the same fantastic elements that made the live action film so exciting and also bewildering. Creator Ma Wing-Shing has developed a complete and very involved mythology for Storm Riders that no big screen adaptation could easily do justice. That problem is apparent early in Clash of Evils; the first half of the film is tough going, introducing so many characters with competing agendas that it becomes confusing and alienating. Not helping much is the flat and sometimes stilted animation. While the CG effects are perfectly fine, the hand-drawn characters are of a lesser standard. Clash of Evils is impressive for a China-made animation, but the creators' limitations show. To be more blunt, this movie has nothing on its Japanese animated counterparts.

Also, Clash of Evils was obviously made for fans of the series, and does little to make itself accessible to the uninitiated. Case in point: the glossed-over appearances of numerous characters, not to mention the introduction to pivotal hero Nameless, who's a big muck-a-muck in Storm Riders lore. The character shows up and is immediately important, but the film doesn't explain why. Is it his calm demeanor? His kick-ass skills with the qin? Or is it the mustache? Without prior knowledge of Nameless' significance, many viewers may wonder why he's getting so much screentime. This won't be a problem for the film's target audience, but for the people whose only exposure to Storm Riders involves Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok, Nameless likely means nada.

Still, Clash of Evils manages to interest and entertain even if it doesn't succeed at being comprehensible. The first act of the film is alienating and confusing, and the second act - where Cloud and Wind find new love interests and muddle about their new lives - can drag. However, the third act brings manly posturing, big martial arts battles, and some measure of spectacle, and even without quality animation, the film finds some entertaining and even emotional content. The characters are never fully fleshed out, but when the martial arts superheroes start beating on each other, that may be all some audiences need to give Clash of Evils an easy thumbs-up. Part of enjoying any fantasy film is simply buying into the strange new world being presented. Taken on faith, even this minor glimpse of the Storm Riders world has the power to entertain. It would seriously help if you're a fan, though.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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