Storm Riders sequel finally happening

A proper sequel to the 1998 Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) kung fu flick, Storm Riders, is finally getting off the ground. Variety Asia reports that Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng are set to return as Cloud and Wind in a long-awaited sequel to the comic book adaptation. The film was noteworthy more for its groundbreaking (if low-budget) use of CG and kung fu as a means to more faithfully recreate manga and anime works in live action (paving the way for later films like, um, The Forbidden Kingdom) than actually being very good, but it was still a lot of fun.

With Lau busy prepping a trio of films for the Weinsteins and Gold Bandits for 20th Century Fox, Danny and Oxide Pang (The Eye) are set to direct this time around, with much of the film’s relatively (for Hong Kong) large $12 million budget going towards post-production, apparently aiming for a 300-like feel. Like 300, it will be filmed entirely against blue screen and custom-built sets; it is the first Hong Kong flick to do so. Fans of the original may know that Danny Pang served as editor on the original film. Storm Riders 2 starts shooting next month.

In 2004, Wind and Cloud: The Storm Riders, a so-called sequel was released with none of the original film’s cast, but this was just a hack job on some episodes of the Storm Riders TV series directed by Raymond Lee.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 10:19 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Nichol
    on 2008-03-26 at 12:00
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    Are you kidding? I just recently watched this on a vhs that a friend lent to me a while back. I always pushed it aside thinking I probably wouldn’t enjoy it…but when I saw it, I was pleasantly surprised.

    To hear of a sequel makes me happy! :)

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