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Z Storm (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Dada Chan (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor)
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2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Hong Kong's famous Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the city's law enforcement agency that specifically investigates corruption and operates independently from the police force. The Hong Kong entertainment industry has joined in celebrating the institution's work with the corruption crime thriller Z Storm, the first movie in 15 years from veteran director David Lam (First Shot) who actually worked at the ICAC for several years.

When a woman enters the ICAC headquarters to accuse police officer Wong Man Bin (Gordon Lam, Cold War) of corruption, William Luk (Louis Koo, The White Storm) opens an investigation into what initially appears to be a simple case of low-level corruption. He soon discovers that the scope of the case is much bigger than he realized, as key witnesses start getting killed off one by one. Undaunted, William continues the investigation, uncovering a vast conspiracy involving a charity managed by lawyer Malcolm Wu (Michael Wong, Firestorm), a mysterious girl named Angel (Dada Chan, Vulgaria), top-level policemen, tycoons and even the Hong Kong government.

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Product Title: Z Storm (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Z 風暴 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Z 风暴 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Z 風暴 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Z Storm (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Dada Chan (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Law Koon Lan (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Alfred Cheung (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Rosanne Lui (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Sheng Jun (Actor) 古天樂 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 陳靜 (DaDa) (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 羅冠蘭 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 歐 錦棠 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 張堅庭 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 張兆輝 (Actor) | 張同祖 (Actor) | 呂珊 (Actor) | 何華超 (Actor) | 駱應鈞 (Actor) | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 方平 (Actor) | 張 松枝 (Actor) | 盛君 (Actor) 古天乐 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 陈静 (DaDa) (Actor) | 王敏德 (Actor) | 罗冠兰 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 欧 锦棠 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 张坚庭 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 张兆辉 (Actor) | 张同祖 (Actor) | 吕珊 (Actor) | 何华超 (Actor) | 骆应钧 (Actor) | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 方平 (Actor) | 张 松枝 (Actor) | 盛君 (Actor) 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | Dada Chan (Actor) | 王敏徳 (マイケル・ウォン) (Actor) | 羅冠蘭(ロー・クーンラン) (Actor) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) (Actor) | 欧錦棠(オー・カムトン) (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 張堅庭(アルフレッド・チョン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) (Actor) | 張同祖 (チョン・トンチョー) (Actor) | 呂珊(ロザンヌ・ロイ) (Actor) | 何華超(トニー・ホー) (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Sheng Jun (Actor) Louis Koo (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Dada Chan (Actor) | Michael Wong (Actor) | Law Koon Lan (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Alfred Cheung (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Eddie Cheung (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Rosanne Lui (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Fong Ping (Actor) | Deon Cheung (Actor) | Sheng Jun (Actor)
Director: David Lam 林德祿 林德禄 David Lam David Lam
Producer: John Chong 莊澄 庄澄 John Chong John Chong
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2014-08-21
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 92 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036514801

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When the wife of an up-rising star Superintendent of police force reported his corruption simply out of bitterness for being ill-treated. The ICAC agent William Luk who took charge of the simple complaint after further investigation soon revealed many unanswered questions and loose ends… At that time, Angel, a mysterious lady that has all connections with Luk’s wanted list… As Luk dug deeper into the web, he is being hunted by trained foreign mercenaries; a tactic very seldom or never heard of in the history of Hong Kong’s underworld! This time, Luk has to face many opponents, could the ICAC keep its image and its reputation of anti-corruption regime in Hong Kong?
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Professional Review of "Z Storm (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 6, 2014

Hong Kong thrillers have been lifting their game of late, with the likes of Cold War and Firestorm combining big budget action, star power and contemporary political and social concerns to generally solid effect. Z Storm, the first film in many years from veteran director David Lam (First Shot) is the latest to try and emulate their success, featuring Louis Koo (Overheard) fighting against corruption and financial intrigue in the form of Michael Wong (Firestorm), Gordon Lam (Cold War) and others, with Dada Chan (Vulgaria) on hand in the usual token female role.

The plot revolves around the activities of Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and its investigations into profiteering and misbehaviour in the police force. Louis Koo plays ICAC senior investigator William Luk, the film opening with him investigating a case of extortion involving CCB (Commercial Crime Bureau) Superintendent Wong Man Bin (Gordon Lam). As Luk digs deeper he uncovers a wide-reaching conspiracy linked to the prestigious Z Hedge Fund, run by a shady lawyer called Malcolm Wu (Michael Wong). Under pressure from high officials and his own bosses, Luk is given just a few days to get to the bottom of the matter before the Z Fund undergoes public flotation, his only promising lead being Angel (Dada Chan), a young woman somehow caught up in the increasingly dangerous game.

The motivation behind making Z Storm is pretty obvious, 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of ICAC. As such, and with director David Lam having worked at ICAC himself in the past, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the film takes a pretty straightforward view of the agency and its heroic struggle against the evils of corruption, painting its themes in resolutely simplistic black and white. Lam attempts to make up for the resulting lack of moral depth and shading by packing in details about financial markets, hedge funds and the like, and by making vague suggestions of government crookedness. This works reasonably well, and distracts from the fact that none of the characters themselves are particularly engaging (tragic past sub-plots abound), though it does mean that the film is more likely to appeal to those with an interest in the subject matter. Certainly, the film does seem to take itself rather seriously, with several moments of overblown pomposity, including characters proudly announcing "as long as there is corruption there will be ICAC" without any sense of irony, and a thunderclap moment when it's decided that the ICAC operation to investigate the Z Hedge Fund will be called - Z Storm.

Of course, this does also make for some great moments of unintentional humour, and adds to the overall entertainment value considerably. Though Lam has gone to some pains to make the film true to life, it also packs in some instances of bizarre inaccuracy - most notably a scene where Michael Wong presents a gathering with the "sword of famous 19th century swordsman Zoro" (misspelling notwithstanding), who as most viewers will be aware was in fact a fictional creation. Wong definitely deserves a special mention, as while not exactly noted for his restraint or thespian abilities in general, he here delivers a performance that's truly amazing, including some top rated rants and moments of scenery-chewing hamminess. Added to this are a frequently ridiculous soundtrack, evil western villains lurking in the shadows and a few undeniably odd moments, and the overall result is a film whose chaotic tone suggests that Lam still thinks it's the 1990s.

This in itself isn't a bad thing by any means and along with some slick production values and decent action set pieces helps to make Z Storm a worthwhile and fast paced 90 minutes. Though not up to the standard of Cold War which Lam quite clearly tries to ape, it's a respectable second-tier effort that should be enjoyed by fans of financially themed thrillers.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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