Film Review: The White Storm

By Joy Chiang Ling

Director Benny Chan’s crime thriller The White Storm tells the story of three friends who are on a hunt for Thailand’s most notorious druglord, Eight Faced Buddha (played by Lo Hoi Pang). The friends consist of the cocky Ma Ho-Tin (Ching Wan Lau), protective father So Kin-Chow (Louis Koo) and loyal friend Cheung Tsz-wai (Nick Cheung).

The White Storm consists of a series of adrenaline-fueled cat and mouse chases. The stunts and action sequences are enjoyable to watch, though some of the situations are a bit over the top. How could a single man, for example, dodge the bullets of multiple machine guns firing from every direction? The movie conveniently leaves out explanations for some of the strange phenomena that occur throughout the story.

Friendship is also a major theme throughout the film. Ho-Tin, Chow and Tsz-Wai clearly share a brotherly bond, and make sure that their bond comes across clearly to the audience. It is a bit of a clichéd concept, even though it does make viewers become attached to the characters. Despite the crime-fighting trio’s many flaws, viewers do want what’s best for them, as they share many relatable qualities.

Though some of the plot points are unrealistic, and the theme of friendship is pushed a little too much, The White Storm remains an entertaining film that would please any person looking to enjoy an action-packed thriller. The White Storm will be featured in the New York Asian Film Festival, which spans from June 27 to July 14, 2014. It will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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