The Storm Riders
|The Storm Riders|
|Directed by||Andrew Lau|
|Produced by||Manfred Wong|
|Story by||Ma Wing-shing|
|Music by||Chan Kwong-wing|
|Editing by||Marco Mak
Bob and Partners
|Distributed by||Golden Harvest
Bob and Partners
|Release date(s)||August 31, 1998|
|Running time||126 minutes|
|Box office||HK $41,398,555|
The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film based on the manhua series Fung Wan by artist Ma Wing-shing. Directed by Andrew Lau, it starred Ekin Cheng as Wind and Aaron Kwok as Cloud. The plot involves two children, Whispering Wind and Striding Cloud, who become powerful warriors under the evil Lord Conqueror's tutelage. The sequel to the film, titled The Storm Warriors and directed by the Pang brothers, was released in 2009.
The evil Lord Conqueror, head of Conqueror's Clan, is given a prophecy by Mud Buddha. It is said that if Conqueror finds two young children by the name of Wind and Cloud he will have good fortune. Mud Buddha tells Conqueror to look for him 10 years later so that he can tell the rest of Conqueror's fortune. Conqueror issues an order that every boy with a birth chart matching Wind's or Cloud's must become a disciple of the Conqueror's Clan. Both Wind and Cloud are found, and Lord Conqueror's servants murder their respective parents.
Ten years pass, and Wind and Cloud are now both fully grown and highly skilled martial artists. Lord Conqueror raised them as his own children. He is angered by the disappearance of Mud Buddha and sends his men to find him. After Mud Buddha is found, he reveals that Wind and Cloud will either join or destroy Conqueror.
Seeing that Wind and Cloud can lead to misfortune, Conqueror uses his daughter, Charity, to cause Wind and Cloud to fight each other. There was a love triangle involving Wind, Cloud, and Charity. Conqueror arranges a marriage with Wind and Charity. Cloud finds out and is unhappy about it. On the day of the wedding, he takes her away and Conqueror tells Wind to fight for his wife. Wind and Cloud engage in a battle and Lord Conqueror tries to kill Cloud in their duel, but killed his own daughter. This was because she tried to protect Cloud. Cloud and Wind's relationship with Lord Conqueror sours, after Cloud loses an arm to Conqueror in combat and Wind is poisoned by Conqueror's minions. Wind finds out the truth about who killed his parents and fights a fire beast which killed his father. Fortunately, Cloud is found by helpful villagers, one of whom donates his arm to replace Cloud's loss.
Wind and Cloud then work together to destroy Lord Conqueror. Together, they defeat the evil warlord, finally exacting their revenge and fulfilling Mud Buddha's prophecy.
- Aaron Kwok as Striding Cloud
- Ekin Cheng as Whispering Wind
- Sonny Chiba as Lord Conqueror
- Kristy Yang as Charity
- Michael Tse as Frost
- Wayne Lai as Mud Buddha
- Lawrence Cheng as Jester
- Anthony Wong as Sword Saint
- Alex Fong as Whispering Prince
- Yu Rongguang as Striding Sky
- Shu Qi as Muse
- Wan Yeung-ming as Summit Yu
- Roy Cheung as Shaolin Monk
- Jason Chu as Ming
- Christine Ng as Ying
- Dion Lam as Hawk
- Ng Chi-hung as Bat
- Elvis Tsui as Seedy Sword
- Lee Siu-kei as Dragon
- Xu Jinglei as Phoenix
Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok returned for the sequel, reprising their respective roles as Wind and Cloud. The film will be helmed by the Pang brothers and will follow the Japanese Invasion story arc of the manhua.
They will be joined by newcomers to the franchise Hong Kong Cantopop stars Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, newcomer Tang Yan and veteran actor Simon Yam. Tse will play the villain Heartless while Yam plays his father Lord Godless.
See also 
- Love HK Film - The Storm Riders
- The Storm Riders at the Internet Movie Database
- The Storm Riders at AllRovi
- Animerica review of original manga