The Storm Riders (1998)
Reviewed by: SteelwireMantis on 2003-10-23
Summary: Entertaining masterpiece
Ekin Cheng collaborates with Andrew Lau once again after the 'Young & Dangerous' series in an adaptation of the popular Chinese comic book 'Wind and Cloud' with Cheng and Aaron Kwok as the title characters.

In order to fulfill a prophecy that will make him powerful than he is, Conquerer (Sonny Chiba) goes on a manhunt for 2 young boys, Whispering Wind (Ekin Cheng) and Striding Cloud (Aaron Kwok). Years have past, Wind and Cloud have grown older. Although Cloud has a burning fire for the revenge of his father, he feels affectionate towards Charity (Kirsty Yeung) the daughter of Conqueror. Once realising the truth about the death of their families, Wind and Cloud create a Storm powerful enough to shake the universe.

This movie has it all, excellent plot, brilliant characters, excellent performances and brilliant special effects. Aaron Kwok steals the show with his stone-cold performance as Cloud, the special effects are exciting and also very advanced for a 1998 Hong Kong movie. If they do plan to make a 'DBZ' movie, it should be directed by Andrew Lau.

One of the best films to come out of Hong Kong, it proves to be better than many American blockbusters released at the time and many after. (FULL LENGTH SUBTITLED VERSION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED, AVOID US VERSION).

A classic.

Reviewer Score: 10