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L Feng bao (2018)

Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigator William Luk and Joint Financial Intelligence Unit (JFIU) officer Lau Po-keung are respectively investigating a corruption and ... See full summary »

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David Lam
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Koo ... William Luk
Julian Cheung ... Lau Po-Keung
Kevin Cheng
Stephy Tang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toby Chan
Chung-chi Cheung
Kai-Chung Cheung
Babyjohn Choi ... (as Hon-Yik Choi)
Haifeng Ding Haifeng Ding
Jessica Hester Hsuan
Hing-Yin Kam
Lai-Kit Kwan
Lan Law
Xinyue Li Xinyue Li ... (as Sienna Li)
Kai Chi Liu
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Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigator William Luk and Joint Financial Intelligence Unit (JFIU) officer Lau Po-keung are respectively investigating a corruption and money laundering case, but are unable to find any clues. At this time, Ching Tak-ming of ICAC's L Team (Internal Disciplinary Investigation Team) receives a report from Eva Ng, claiming Luk has accepted a bribe of HK$12 million. Unable to provide an explanation, Luk was immediately suspended from his duties. Lau discovers that Luk was framed which is inextricably linked to the money laundering case he has been investigating. At the same time, Lau also suspects bank director Yau Chi-san assisting the mastermind of a criminal organization, Wong Hoi-wo, in money laundering. Chinese Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Hong Liang arrives in Hong Kong to provide important intel for Lau, revealing that mainland Chinese corrupt officials are involved in the money laundering case. Luk risks his safety to collect ...

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Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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ICAC Thriller Genre Makes Hong Kong Film Great Again
27 August 2018 | by hilaryswank2011See all my reviews

L Storm (2018) is part of Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) trilogy. There are prequels of this film, Z Storm (2014) and S Storm (2016) which created by the director David Lam. ICAC anti corruption movie genre is firmly made in Hong Kong via this trilogy.

David Lam actually had worked for ICAC from 1980 to 1986. And his descriptions of ICAC operations are so real in detail. There is no one in Hong Kong can exceed or replace him on this ICAC topic.

The story is simple and clear enough for any one that is a Fugitive type of story. However its topic is money laundering by Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese mafias. And the protagonist is set up by them, and countering the false accusation of being a corrupted officer by caching up the mafias with secret support from police and Chinese Anti-Corruption Bureau Director Hong Liang.

The protagonist, chief investigator of ICAC, William Luk which played by the most talented actor of Hong Kong of today, Louis Koo. He looks like Japanese actor Ken Matsudaira and best fit the positive image of an investigator bureaucrat. Hong Kong actors are trained as kong fu star to the certain extent. Luis Koo is also able to conduct kung fu and gun action sequences. Its true quality is something US and Japanese actors can not achieve.

This film is clearly made for creating and reflecting an ideal image of cooperation among ICAC, Hong Kong police and Chinese Anti-Corruption Bureau. And We can see the mafia bank logo is similar to Public Bank Berhad which is suspected to have a certain connection with mafias in reality. There is nothing negative without one point in the entire story structure.

The con is that when Ching Tak-ming which played by Kevin Cheng and its ICAC's L Team (Internal Disciplinary Investigation Team) come to save trapped and tortured William Lok, it is seemed to be jumped between deleted or missed scenes. There is no visual scene shows that how William Lok survives the electric shock torture conducted by mafias on the cruiser.

However, some exciting montage is car chase sequence when William Luk and Eva Ng (Stephy Tang) escape from ICAC's L Team. Some cutaways were shot under the driving car in high speed motion. It is unusual, and its de-familiarization is quite effective to create a tight mood in minimal shots due to its specialities of shooting method.

In general, its artistically high quality of film construction makes this film a classical one. It is hard to find any con in the entire film.

This is one of successful Hong Kong-Mainland China film cooperations, and it is actually a quality work which should be complemented by audiences.

A good genre film like this makes Hong Kong film great again!


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