Based on the best-selling, long-running martial arts comic book series "Fung Wan: Wind and Cloud" by celebrated artist Ma Wing-Shing, "The Storm Riders" stars Hong Kong pop superstars Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok as orphans... more » raised by the powerful Conqueror, who taught them martial arts so to help him dominate the world.« less
Adam C. Scarbrough | San Luis Obispo, CA USA | 07/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Storm Riders is a nearly perfect chinese fantasy movie! If you are thinking, maybe another Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, you are not even close. I am not at all saying that if you like C.T.H.D. you won't like this, they are just two very different movies. Along with some high-wire acts, Storm Riders combines great visual effects with exciting and original sword play. The sword fighting along with some hand to hand action is purely of the fantasy kind consisting of swords throwing huge waves of energy out from them to whirlwind kicks and manipulating liquid to be used as a weapon. There is also real fighting mixed in there to keep you from saying this is too much.
Sounds a bit out there, doesn't it. You must know that this film is based on a comic book. The story is of two young boys who are raised and ruled by the man who killed their parents and grow up to become martial arts masters. Filled with a ton of action, this tale is of loyalty, love, and revenge. The movie slows down a few times, but only to add to the depth of the story, then right back into another gravity-defying brawl. The acting is much better than I anticipated and is probably the best I have seen Ekin Cheng perform.
The movie is in widescreen but not anamorphic. Excellent film quality and sound(DTS/Dolby Digital) help this movie really come to life. You will have to read subtitles but they are done very well. There are no extensive lines that will cause you to have to speed read.
If you have an open mind when it comes to fantasy you will surely enjoy this one. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed and must recommend checking this out.
Don't be confused with the 1998 film!
A. Tow | Canada | 05/21/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This version "Wind and Cloud - The Storm Riders" made in 2004 is not the same as "The Storm Riders" made in 1998.
This dvd is a condensed version of a TV series packaged by Tai Seng. It is full-screen and was made for TV. It is pretty disjointed as it was condensed into 2 hours from 30 hours.
Most people doing the reviews for this DVD is confusing everyone writing positive reviews for the 1998 film staring Aaron Kwok and Ekin Chen."
MOVIE VS. TV CONFUSION
M. Brown | North Carolina | 07/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"AMAZON PUT THE COMMENTS AND RATINGS FOR THE TV SHOW AND THE MOVIE TOGETHER. The movie is titled simply "storm riders". this is good people like this movie. The TV show is call "storm riders blah blah blah" noone likes it. It was condensed from a 30hr Tv series in to a 2hr. disks. noone was trying to fool anyone. amazon's system just does not recognize the difference."
Mythic martial fantasy
Bradford Daniels | Redmond, WA | 01/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every once in a while, a film comes out of Hong Kong that reminds me of why I like Asian cinema. Storm Riders is such a movie.While less frenetically paced than many of my earlier favorites ("Swordsman II", "Fong Sai Yuk", etc.), it nonetheless has outstanding action scenes and a creative visual style. The imagery has the mythic quality that I liked in films such as "Bride with White Hair" and "Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain", but it has a much more solid plot, more complex characterizations, and far better special effects than those films.I was also impressed with the special features on this DVD, which were far superior to the usual Tai Seng release, though not as good as many modern American-made DVDs. Even though I only watched a couple of them, it's refreshing to see that they made the effort to include a good variety of features.If "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" is the only Chinese martial fantasy film you've seen, this film may not be what you're hoping for. This is not a deep character drama, though the central love triangle is well played, and the characters do have more depth to them than in most action films. Still, though, you'll enjoy the movie best if you expect a deeper-than-normal action film rather than a more-action-packed-than-normal character piece."
THIS is not a Storm Riders sequel!
Atomic Tofu | In my heart | 05/14/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"NOTICE: this is not really a sequel.
This is one of those Television movie/mini-series remakes of a theatrical release. You will not get cinematic visuals, you will get TV quality visuals.
Too many people are not providing appropriate reviews and this is more a betrayal of your consumer bethren.
The original Storm Riders is an amazing fantasy tale, this is not. This is more like a standard kung fu action flick that uses the characters. Storm Riders had that fantasy feel, this does not. There is good kung fu action, but this thing seems incoherent while you are trying to watch it, and that may be because they have tried to cut and paste the movie together, if my theory is correct in that it was a miniseries adaptation. The story starts and stops with no flow.
If you just want an action flick with some decent fight scenes get this, it's tolerable, but in no way is it on the caliber of Storm Riders. I really wish they establish a standard that differentiates the TV adaptations from real theatrical releases, such releases tend to be a bit insulting.
The ONLY thing that is redeeming for this is a really cute female actor, and that's it! I've never seen Wind and Cloud so unattractive, and this is based off Aaron Kwock and Ekin Cheng. These 2 are appropriate, but no substitute."