It’s been a while since I’ve watched a really good Hong Kong movie. Let me clarify that statement — it’s been a while since I’ve watched a Hong Kong movie, period. As I slowly but surely slip into old movie habits, I find myself gravitating towards director Alan Yuen’s “Firestorm.” Since I love Chinese movies, particularly those that feature criminals with high-tech weaponry, this one should fit the cinematic bill. I hope so, anyway.
Here’s the icing on the cake: Andy Lau. I’ve consumed a ton of the guy’s work over the years, most recently “Blind Detective.” I know a lot of people didn’t care for that particular outing, but I thought it was a solid thriller. I’m always curious to see what the guy does next, so I’ll definitely pencil “Firestorm” onto my mental calendar. Here’s hoping we get a decent DVD and/or VOD release in the coming months. Take note, distributors!
Check out this synopsis:
A storm is heading to the city, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armoured car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This puts the police force to shame and humiliation. A hardboiled senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), hot on the trails of Nam and his tight crew, determines to put an end to this madness that causes the lives of innocent people. But he soon comes face to face with the cruel reality that the usual police tactics are too futile to send these armed thieves behind bars. Extreme crime requires extreme justice, even if it means crossing his moral line. Tou (Lam Ka Tung), an ex-con desperate to leave his criminal past behind, volunteers to be Lui’s snitch in exchange for a fresh start with her girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen). But little does he know what hellish situation he’s getting himself into.
Director Alan Yuen’s “Firestorm” also stars Yao Chen, Gordon Lam, Hu Jun, and Ray Lui. Look for the flick to hit Hong Kong cinemas on December 19, 2013. When you’re absolutely ready to rock, have a gander at the posters and the trailer below.
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