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There is an iron rule in the Ching Hing Gang: No drug dealing. The gang leader, Yu Nam (by Kent Cheng), has two right-hand men: one is Tin (by Andy lau), a bright and sober adherent of principles and loyalty; the other is Jizo (by Louis Koo), a cold-blooded smart man who secretly runs a drug business without Nam’s knowledge. Ordered by the top leader, Tin taught Jizo a lesson by cutting off one of his fingers and expelled him from the gang. On the same night, policeman Fung (by Michael Miu)’s wife was killed in Jizo’s nightclub during an operation. Meanwhile, Tin swore to change sides after his beloved girlfriend walked out of his life. 15 years later, the local drug market is now quadripartite. Jizo becomes the biggest drug dealer in Hong Kong; while Tin has now established himself as a financial tycoon and a philanthropist, and is offering a $100 million bounty to eliminate the No.1 drug dealer in Hong Kong. It causes a stir in both the society and the underworld. Inevitably, a battle between the two tycoons is underway.

Also Known As: Sao du 2: Tian di dui jue Hong, Bao Trang 2: Trum A Phien, So duk 2: Tin dei duei kuet, The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

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  • douglas-parsons
    douglas parsons

    Is very good story line and the action is very good

  • mehmet-pergande-b-eng
    mehmet pergande b eng

    White Storm 2: Drug Lords, has nothing to do with the original. The sequel is interestingly a mixed bag, that probably has something for everyone, though only on a peripheral level. Tin (Andy Lau), begins the film as a member of the Triad, who is ordered by his uncle, the gang’s boss, Yu Nam (Ken Chang), to punish his long-time friend of twenty years, Dizang (Louis Koo), who has been pedalling drugs, despite the gang’s strictest rules to never touch the stuff. Thus, Tin chooses familial loyalty over his friend, gravely wounding him for his betrayal, and having him exiled from the gang.Tin and Dizang’s brotherhood is merely spoken about, and is never appropriately shown, making this moment not cut as deeply as it could have, though the acting of both leads marvellously propels the drama of this feature forward. Beginning in 2004, the film rushes chronologically through events until reaching the present day, glossing over Tin’s achievements in leaving the Triad and becoming a successful businessman and philanthropist. This is seriously underdeveloped, his business being given little depth, while his financial situation is merely used as a plot device. His marriage to business partner, and lawyer, Man Fung (Karena Lam) is also provided no backstory. Their on-screen chemistry is limited to only a few scenes, while her professional duties are rarely glimpsed, the main drama being her battle to conceive, this dizzyingly beautiful actress not provided the screen time she deserves.Not long into the movie, Tin receives a letter from former lover, Mei (Chrissie Chau), who, diagnosed with terminal cancer, reaches out to him about their son she had in secret, who has turned to drugs. This propels Tin back into the grisly underworld he escaped, which leads him back to Dizang. Koo does a terrifyingly good job at making his character appear psychopathically savage, though for the most part, he is unfortunately forced to portray a pseudo playboy, rather than the intelligent, ruthless mastermind that he is.Thus begins Tin’s battle to bring down the city’s biggest drug lords, the film, annoyingly, rarely showing just how involved in this battle he is. Inevitably, his decisions put him at odds, with by-the-book police officer Lam (Michael Miu), who you would occasionally be forgiven for forgetting was even in the movie. With the death of his wife by the hands of drug addicts, and his daughter pleading for him to bring down those responsible, it is amazing that he believes justice will prevail, in a film that continuously shows how unjust society and human-nature can be. The main members of his unit however, Jack (Carlos Wan) and Apple (Michelle Wai), along with their supposed romance, are provided even less detail – if that is at all possible.The film quickly jumps from one character to another, never giving anyone (exception, the two main leads) enough opportunity to shine, and nowhere else could this be truer than in the film’s action set pieces. Here, the editing is as fast as an automatic weapon. True, this intensifies the excitement, with cars performing elaborate stunts and people shooting left and right, though the sporadic nature of the cuts makes establishing who’s fighting who; who’s pursuing who, and who is dead or dying, difficult to comprehend. It is also disappointing that the leads are seldom seen during these frantic moments, though they are given a fabulous moment together in a uniquely amazing car chase.The film’s drama is slowly built up until boiling point, through a series of melodramatic set pieces, threatening conversations and provocative staring competitions. The film is loud and boisterous, and left me thoroughly entertained, despite the serious lack of development of characters, relationships and agendas. This is a movie with a simple, but effective narrative, that desperately wants to get to its exciting ending, no matter the cost, and if the wild car chases and shoot-outs, and professional chops (and handsome faces) of Lau and Koo can’t cut it for you, not much probably will.

  • ryan-van-duyvenvoorde-visser
    ryan van duyvenvoorde visser

    If you enjoy Hong Kong action flicks, then you’re likely to enjoy The White Storm 2: Drug Lords. It’s recommended viewing for fans of the genre.

  • triantaphullia-maura-ntotse
    triantaphullia maura ntotse

    What a surprise to see a rating of 6.3!. I think it it should at least worth 8, plus 1 mark to the extremely smart Andy Lau with hair combing up.2 marks is deducted for lack of character development for role of Lau. He seems does not have enough time to show his saddness to his son. And he is not seeing his ex in terminal illness. He too turns rich too quick.For Koo, i appreciate his excellent acting as a vaillian. To me he acts better as a bad guy than good one.Female lead is ok, with a special temperament that excels other more beautiful actress.I would say, a very entertaining movie not to be missed

  • tosca-grasso
    tosca grasso

    Though billed as a sequel to the 2013 crime thriller ‘The White Storm’, there is in fact very little which this movie shares with its predecessor, besides the fact that both revolve thematically around the war on drugs which entwines the lives of a group of convicted individuals. Yet it is not difficult to guess why Universe Entertainment, which is behind both films, had wanted the association – not only was it widely praised for the excellent performances by Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung, that movie also boasted director Benny Chan’s signature high-octane action choreography, which was recognised as among the best that Hong Kong cinema had to offer in recent years.Except for Koo, none of the other contributors return for this standalone sequel; instead, taking over from Chan is prolific director Herman Yau, whose ‘Shock Wave’ catapulted him from the B-leagues into big-budget filmmaking. Yau’s collaborators from that earlier movie are also on board this similarly-sized undertaking, which sees writers Erica Lee and Eric Lee retain the narrative structure of Chan’s original by setting its events around three males – here played by Andy Lau, Koo and Michael Miu – whose paths will intersect with fateful consequences.Their ill-fated connection is established right from the beginning, with an extended prologue set in 2004 that shows how the sworn brotherhood between Yu Shun Tin (Andy Lau) and Dizang (Koo) is torn asunder when the former is forced by his uncle Yu Nam (Kent Cheng) – and head of their gang Ching Hing – to punish the latter for selling drugs at the nightclub he manages. Besides cutting off three of Dizang’s fingers from his right hand, Shun Tin also calls the police to raid Dizang’s premises, which results in an unfortunate operation that claims the life of Narcotics Bureau chief Lam Ching-fung’s (Miu) wife and colleague.Fast forward fifteen years later, Shun Tin has transformed into a financial whiz thanks to his wife and mentor (Karena Lam), while Dizang has grown to become one of the most powerful drug barons in Hong Kong. Alas Shun Tin’s past life continues to haunt him, including a drug-addicted teenage son he never knew existed until his ex-girlfriend (Chrissie Chau) appeals for his help on her deathbed to take care of, which in turn fuels his present-day determination to take drastic measures against the four big drug lords in Hong Kong – which besides Koo’s Dizang, are represented in guest appearances by MC Jin, Cherrie Ying and Jun Kung.Though Shun Tin is very aware that his actions will eventually set him up on a collision course with Dizang, it will be some time before Dizang finds out that it is his former best friend who is behind the series of guerrilla raids on his goods and factories. If you’ve seen the trailer, you would know that their personal vendetta will culminate in Shun Tin offering a $100 million bounty on Dizang’s life. Meanwhile, even as he is frustrated by how the known drug lords continue to evade the arm of the law, Fung continues to uphold the integrity of due process, which puts him at odds with Shun Tin’s unorthodox (and perhaps unlawful) methods.Like his most recent ‘Shock Wave’ and ‘The Leakers’, Yau keeps the pace fast, even frenetic, throughout the movie. To Yau’s credit, the speediness of the storytelling doesn’t come at the expense of coherence, so there is perfect logic and order in the way the proceedings are organised. At the same time, it also means, for the casual viewer, that there is hardly a dull moment to be found within the duration of the film; in fact, even though there are a couple of memorable action scenes within, you’d probably feel as if the entire movie were itself a 100-minute continuous action-packed sequence that hardly pauses for you to take a breath.But equally, it isn’t long before you realise that the sheer momentum comes at the expense of meaningful character motivation and development, so much so that you never at any point fully grasp or empathise with any one of the three main characters, much less the supporting ones. How does Shun Tin feel about losing a sworn brother? Is he at all conflicted about exploiting his wealth to take the law into his own hands? How does he reconcile his past life with his present? What does Dizang feel about Shun Tin’s betrayal? What drives Fung, other than to uphold the law? Does Fung sympathise with Shun Tin or deplore his methods? As inevitable as these questions are, you’ll quickly find that you’ll have to cast them aside if you’re going to enjoy the film for what it is worth.And yes, once you forgo any expectation of narrative or character depth, you’ll probably be able to appreciate the fleeting pleasures it offers. For one, the three male leads each bring their own charisma, chemistry and gravitas to their respective roles, with Lau further honing his characteristically stoic persona, Koo chewing up the scenery as a baddie and Miu rehashing the righteous cop role from his TVB past. For another, the action is glorious old-school Hong Kong style, with shootouts, car chases and even a climactic setpiece right inside the heart of the Central MTR station. And last but not least, there is also the thrill of seeing a who’s who list of Hong Kong actors in this, including Carlos Chan, Michelle Wai, Cheung Kwok-cheng, Lam Ka-tung and Sam Lee in varying blink-and-miss cameos.Given how unrelated they are, it is almost unfair to compare ‘The White Storm 2’ with the earlier movie, but between them, the original is probably the better one. Yet, like we’ve said, this economical thriller does offer simple and straightforward gratification, especially if you’re in the mood for an undemanding action thriller. But anyone expecting the likes of ‘Infernal Affairs’ will most certainly be disappointed, for there is little to no attempt to develop any of the weighty themes of crime and justice within in any meaningful way. If there should be another sequel, we hope it is a lot less superficial than this storm in a teacup.

  • carlos-da-guerreiro
    carlos da guerreiro

    The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords (2019) is not a real sequel to The White Storm (Dir. Benny Chan; 2013) because it has only the common theme and the actor Louis Koo in the different role. Audience can directly enjoy this film without any knowledge about the first film and the entire franchise. Sequel films without any continuation of the whole story became a strategical form of franchise in Hong Kong. It differs from any Hollywood film franchise in which complete discontinuation is not allowed by its executives. This franchise tendency is also confirmed by another upcoming sequel film Shock Wave 2 (2019). Furthermore both of them are produced and distributed by Universe Entertainment.Hong Kong films lost its momentum locally but it has been in the Mainland China co-production project era since 2003. It proved to be the most thriving strategic production model for the Chinese local city Hong Kong. However Hong Kong film productivity itself is doubted that it only produced 53 films in 2018 contrary to 300 foreign films shown in the city where only 55 cinemas available for distribution. Moreover registered film / TV/ video / commercial and other entertainment industrial workers are only totalled 16,459 people in Hong Kong.Obviously the annual increase of Hong Kong cinema produced capital of 9% (6.1 billion renminbi) is heavily relied on resources of Mainland China. This industrial mode of Hong Kong film production won’t change in upcoming years and decades. Only a few established Hong Kong main film crew figures and casts with vast majority of unknown Mainland film workers will only empty its local film productivity base itself. As the result, purely localised film production is facing increasing difficulties. None of leading figures of Hong Kong film industry have rights to oppose the tendency due to their heavy dependency on Mainland China projects for survival. Hong Kong actually lost its balance for both production and market share in its own territory. There is no big governmental support on its purely localised film production and distribution.The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords (2019) is politically matured and critically sophisticated due to its director Herman Yau (1961-) who only keeps anti corruption attitude on Hong Kong society among all leading film directors. It is also a creative contribution by his long term partner script writer Erica Lee (1966-).Direction and ActingThe protagonist Yu Shun-tin (Andy Lau)’s drug lord background in the past and anti drug philanthropist and financial tycoon status at the present can form a thematic comparison and conflict to audience. And it is a political and social reality that represented by some notorious example like financial alligator George Soros (1930-) who is not welcomed by Hong Kong stock market dealers and its government. It could be sharper than the character setting if Yu Shun-tin still is a drug lord.In fact, drug dealers themselves won’t consume its poisoned drugs. Drugs are sheer money making device for the mafia groups. Drug business is pure capitalist business. It crystallises nature of capitalism. Drug is to make artificially ”needs” among its victimised consumers by addiction; then the addiction plays the same function with advertising; finally it puts victims in a vicious circle of addiction, destruction and money vacuuming.The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords (2019) shows its mechanism more clearly than the other mafia movies of this kind.The drug dealer Jizo (Louis Koo)’s name is from Japanese word ”Jizo” which means the stone statue of Ksitigarbha. It is definitely opposed from its nature of the character Jizo cynically. However Louis Koo’s villain role is acceptable, fleshy and it proved his acting talent. A good actor can play characteristically different roles, and its notable differentiation is recognised by audience. Unfortunately his doggy-like sex scene is a failure because it does not like a sex scene.Jizo (Louis Koo)’s motivation is a revenge on Yu Shun-tin and the Ching Hing triad due to his ousting and chopping off of his finger by the ex friend, triad comrade Yu. Yu Shun-tin’s role is very similar to Infernal Affairs (2002)’s Senior Inspector Lau Kin-ming. Yu keeps close tie with the Ching Hing triad even after his success as an anti drug philanthropist and financial tycoon. It seems that Yu helps the Ching Hing triad but Herman Yau does not show details on his continuation of the Ching Hing triad business in some social area. The boss of the Ching Hing triad Yu Nam (Kent Cheng) developed Yu and provided his financial support. This vagueness and doubt dulled its role or defamilialized it to some extent. In other words, this character setting and depiction are pretty risky while the antagonist Jizo and the chief superintendent of the Narcotica Bureau Lam Ching-fung (Michael Miu)’s character functions are so obvious.Chrissie Chau played ex girlfriend of Yu, May Chan who makes his son Danny. Her acting is always the same but in this film she tried make up of a dying cancer patient. It’s overly done basically, as the result, audience hardly recognise her under the heavy make up in the hospital scene.For technical aspects, art department did the greatest contributions to this film’s success. 1:1 replica set of the Central MTR station is astonishing and many audience thought it’s really shot in the station with CG effects however it’s basically shot at the huge set. Thus the car chase among two major characters Yu and Jizo at the end of ACT3 is outstanding among all car chase scenes made in Hong Kong films in the past. Another memorable viewing experience is complete depiction of suicidal actions. It’s repetitively shown during this film, especially addicted victims and drug dealers who assassinated by Yu’s the Ching Hing triad jumping out of high buildings.Herman Yau shows these complete actions of jumping out or throwing out of the roofs or window of these buildings until these victims crushed on the ground. This is what Hollywood films tending to avoid of due to its censorship however it shows typical feature of Hong Kong filmmaking that challenges censorship with more exaggerated depictions of violence. Undoubtedly it depends on CG animation and it’s quite obviously identifiable.Anyway, The White Storm 2 – Drug Lords (2019) is a good entertainment as a mafia action film genre which frequently made in Hong Kong recently because of its attractive and cutting edges of action sequences.