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The Storm Riders (1998)

Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha (original title)
An evil warlord takes in 2 students (Wind & Cloud) in an effort to become invincible so he can take over the world.

Director:

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (as Andrew Lau)

Writers:

Wing-Shing Ma (story) (as Ma Wing Shing), Manfred Wong (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aaron Kwok ... Striding Cloud / Bou Ging Wan
Ekin Cheng ... Whispering Wind / Nip Fung
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Lord Conqueror / Hung Baa (as Sonny Chiba)
Kristy Yeung ... Charity / Hung Chi
Qi Shu ... Muse / Cho Cho
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Cheng ... Jester / Man Chow Chow (as Tan-shui Cheng)
Roy Cheung ... Shaolin Monk
Yue Dung Cheung Yue Dung Cheung ... Striding Cloud - child
Jason Chu ... Ming
Alex Fong ... Whispering Prince
Rocky Lai ... Wedding Guest
Yiu-Cheung Lai ... Mud Buddha / Nai Pou Saat
Dion Lam ... Crow (as Dik-on Lam)
Siu-Kei Lee ... Wedding Guest
Tat Chiu Lee ... Hawk
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Storyline

Lord Conquer is a great and mighty warlord who wants to take over the world. To do so, he must defeat another warrior named Sword Saint; but the battle is prophesized to take place in ten years. Lord Conquer's servant, Mud Buddah, says that he can make himself invincible by then if he can make two certain children into his disciples. Those children are Whispering Wind and Striding Cloud. But Lord Conquer discovers that if Wind and Cloud were to unite against him, they could overthrow him. He tries to avoid this by marrying his daughter Charity to Wind. Cloud intervines and Lord Conquer accidentally kills Charity. Meanwhile, the time has come for Lord Conquer's duel with Sword Saint. He shows his true intentions by turning against Cloud and Wind. Now it's a free-for-all battle between Lord Conquer, Sword Saint, Cloud, and Wind. And only one will emerge the victor! Written by Montrel

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Torn by fate... united in destiny


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

18 July 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Stormriders See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on the manhua comic series called 'Fung Wan' by Ma Wing-shing. Manhua is the Chinese equivalent of the Japanese Manga (Comics). See more »

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In the credits you can see how they made some of the film's special effects See more »

Alternate Versions

The original Hong Kong version runs 38 minutes longer than the butchered American version. The scenes with Wind and Cloud as young children are cut the most, and the bamboo forest battle between Lord Conquer and Wind's father is one of many scenes missing altogether. The American version offers an English translation of the onscreen character names that accompany each character's first apperance in the film The cuts for violence, presumably made to secure a PG-13 rating, render much of the film incomprehensible. See more »

Connections

Remake of Tian xia (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Insects Fly
Music by Kwong Wing Chan
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Ekin Cheng
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Still one of the best martial arts fantasy
17 October 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Beautiful scenery, and good story sums up this gem of a martial arts film.

Three individuals, Lord Conquerer (Sonny Chiba), Wind (Ekin Cheng), Cloud (Aaron Kwok) gets entangled in an ambitious conquest scheme of Lord Conquerer. Later they part ways, and battle each other.

High quality is evident throughout this martial art film, and even after 10 years since it was made, it's still one of the best movie of this type. Made on high budget for Hong Kong movie, production is lavish, and scenes are breathtaking. This may be the precursor to other successful high budget movie such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". You can see very young Qi Sue in the supporting role, as she's poised to be one of the A list actor of Hong Kong cinema for the next 10 years.

If you haven't seen this yet, you owe it to yourself to see it. It's a beautiful movie.


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