The White Storm

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The White Storm
The White Storm poster.jpg
China poster
Directed byBenny Chan
Produced byBenny Chan
Written byBenny Chan
Manfred Wong
Ram Ling
Wong Chun
Tam Wai Ching
StarringSean Lau
Louis Koo
Nick Cheung
Music byNicolas Errèra
CinematographyAnthony Pun (HKSC)
Edited byYau Chi-wai (HKSE)
Production
company
Universe Entertainment
Sun Entertainment Culture Limited
Bona International Film Group
Sil-Metropole Organisation
Golala Investment Limited
Distributed byUniverse Films Distribution Company Limited
Release date
  • 25 October 2013 (2013-10-25) (Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)
  • 29 November 2013 (2013-11-29) (China)
  • 5 December 2013 (2013-12-05) (Hong Kong)
Running time
134 minutes
CountryHong Kong
China
LanguageCantonese
Thai
English
BudgetUS$16,000,000[1]
Box officeUS$44,670,277[2]

The White Storm, formerly known as The Cartel War[1] (Chinese: 掃毒) is a 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese crime thriller film directed by Benny Chan and starring Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Nick Cheung.[3] The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival on 25 October 2013.[4]

A sequel of the film, titled The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords has began production on 23 June 2018. Koo returns, with Andy Lau also joining the cast as well as producing, while Herman Yau takes over directing duties.[5][6]

Cast[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Andrew Chan of the Film Critics Circle of Australia writes, "“The White Storm” is easily the most entertaining (Hong Kong) film of the year, an edge of the seat thriller, smash buckling action affair and a powerhouse of acting experience. "[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of Accolades
Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result
12th Changchun Film Festival Best Cinematography Anthony Pun Nominated
Best Visual Effects Ng Yuen-fai, Chow Chi-sing, Tam Kai-kwan Nominated
Best Film Score Nicolas Errèra Won
33rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film The White Storm Nominated
Best Director Benny Chan Nominated
Best Actor Louis Koo Nominated
Sean Lau Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Law Lan Nominated
Best Cinematography Anthony Pun Nominated
Best Editing Yau Chi-wai Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: "Tacit for Life" (心照一生)

Composer: RubberBand
Lyrics: RubberBand, Tim Lui
Sung by: RubberBand

Nominated
32nd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actor Nick Cheung Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Yuan Quan Nominated
Best New Performer Marc Ma Won
51st Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Sean Lau Nominated
Best Visual Effects Ng Yuen-fai, Chow Chi-sing, Tam Kai-kwan Nominated
Best Action Choreography Nicky Li Nominated
Best Cinematography Anthony Pun Nominated
Best Sound Design Kinson Tsang, Yiu Chun-hin, Chow Yuk-lun Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: "Tacit for Life" (心照一生)

Composer: RubberBand
Lyrics: RubberBand, Tim Lui
Sung by: RubberBand

Nominated

Sequel[edit]

On 16 March 2018, Universe Entertainment announced that a sequel of the film, titled The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords, will start shooting during the summer and unveiled its teaser film poster. Being a thematic sequel in-title-only with a new storyline, Louis Koo will return to the sequel playing a different role, making him the only returning cast member. Andy Lau will join the cast as well as serving as the film's producer, while Herman Yau will replace Benny Chan as the director for the sequel. According to Universe Entertainment, filming for The White Storm 2: Drug Lords will take place in Hong Kong and the Philippines and the budget of the film will be over HK$200 million.[5]

Production for The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords began on 23 June 2018[6] and is slated for theatrical release in the first quarter of 2019.[8]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Nick Cheung's "The White Storm" Trailer". jaynestars.com. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  2. ^ "THE WHITE STORM". Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  3. ^ "扫毒The White Storm (2013)". movie.mtime.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  4. ^ "10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm". Stephen Cremin, Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
  5. ^ a b "【連串計劃】寰宇宣佈開拍《掃毒2》《拆彈2》劉德華新姿態登場".
  6. ^ a b "【《掃毒2》開鏡】華仔演金融大亨火拼毒販古仔".
  7. ^ Andrew Chan (28 October 2013). "The White Storm". [HK Neo Reviews].
  8. ^ "Filmart: Universe whips up sequels to 'The White Storm', 'Shock Wave' (exclusive)".

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