Based on Ma Wing Shing's best-selling comic, blockbuster action fantasy The Storm Riders
opened a new page in Hong Kong Cinema when it was released in 1998. Directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs
), the big-budget all-star production broke box office records with its fusion of comic book adventure, wuxia mythology, wirework action, and pure cinematic spectacle. The Storm Riders
boasted the best special effects ever seen in a Hong Kong film at the time, courtesy of pioneering visual effects house Centro which would go on to work on films like Kill Bill
and Kung Fu Hustle
. Ekin Cheng (Young and Dangerous
) and Aaron Kwok (After This, Our Exile
) star as the iconic eponymous heroes, Wind and Cloud, while legendary Japanese actor Sonny Chiba lords over the film as the villainous Conquer. The fantastical martial arts spectacle is further supported by a star-studded cast that includes Anthony Wong, Shu Qi, Kristy Yang, Alex Fong Chung Sun, Yu Rong Guang, Lawrence Cheng, Wayne Lai, and Xu Jinglei, making the The Storm Riders
a must-see Hong Kong classic that thrills and amazes even a decade later.
Power-hungry overlord Conquer (Sonny Chiba) is out to take over the martial arts world, and his victory depends on two children named Wind and Cloud. Acting on a prophecy by the Mud Buddha (Wayne Lai), Conquer hunts down the two boys, kills their parents, and takes them as disciples. Ten years later, Wind (Ekin Cheng) has grown into a laidback, kind-hearted swordsman, and Cloud (Aaron Kwok), a cold and silent brooder, both with superior martial arts skills. As the top lieutenants in Conquer's clan, Wind and Cloud have as prophesized aided their master in his evil quest to dominate the world. But as he stands at the brink of absolute power, Conquer finally hears the second half of the prophecy: Wind and Cloud will bring him victory... and also downfall.
The 10th Anniversary Remastered Edition Blu-ray of The Storm Riders comes with 30-minute making of and special effects featurette.