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The White Storm

The White Storm
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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)
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
Box officeUS$44,670,277[2]

The White Storm, formerly known as The Cartel War[1] (Chinese?) 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 began production on 23 June 2018 and is set for release on 16 July 2019. Koo returns, with Andy Lau also joining the cast as well as producing, while Herman Yau takes over directing duties.[5][6]


Ma Ho-tin, So Kin-chow and Cheung Tsz-wai are good brothers who grew up together. When they grew up, they were stationed in the Narcotics Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force. Among them, Chow has been undercover for a long time in the drug trafficking group. He can't live a normal life and make him extremely annoyed. Big brother A Tian and his detective brother A Wei often persuade him that he can return to the team after catching the last big drug lord. The high-level police force asked Aqiu to follow up to catch a long line to catch big fish. Chow was deeply dissatisfied. The last three brothers decided to go to Thailand to catch the big poisonous eight-faced Buddha and help Chow to escape. However, due to the safety concerns of Aqiu, he was reluctant to conduct a fake drug transaction with the Eight-faced Buddha. He secretly used the telephone to contact the other party and said that the transaction was cancelled, which led to the suspicion that the Eight-faced Buddha had bought the drug party Aqiu and others. After the war, the two sides forced Ho-tin to choose a rescue between Chow and Cheung. Finally, Ho-tin chose to save Chow, and Cheung was shot in the crocodile pool. Cheung's death made both Ho-tin and Chow deeply embarrassed. The two also took care of Cheung's mother who was hospitalized for her illness and amnesia. Aqi's wife broke up with Aqiu after giving birth to her daughter.

Five years later, the son of the Eight-faced Buddha was killed in Hong Kong by the gang of the Tsim Sha Tsui gang. Aqiu and Atian found out that Cheung was not dead when he investigated the incident. He also married Mina and became the son-in-law of the Bahru Buddha. The trio was tied up by the daughter of Aqiu, and finally resolved the resentment between each other. The brotherhood was reborn again, and Chow reconciled with his wife and daughter. He learned that Awei and Duan Kun had killed the Bahraini Buddha. The son of the plan, led to the Erawan Buddha and removed him. In the night when the Eight-faced Buddha was a dead son, the three brothers chose to fight with the Eight-faced Buddha. Cheung, who had been suspected by the Bahru Buddha, was forced to cut off one of his own hands. After the fierce gun battle, only Aqiu, Atian and the Bahru Buddha survived, and in the case of insufficient bullets, Ho-tin use his body as a shield to make sacrifices, and the Eight-faced Buddha was finally killed by Chow.


Critical response

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

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" (?)

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

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" (?)

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



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 on 16 July 2019.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Sean Lau, Louis Koo, and Nick Cheung's "The White Storm" Trailer". Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "THE WHITE STORM". Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "The White Storm (2013)". (in Chinese). Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "10th HKAFF cooks up a White Storm". Stephen Cremin, Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2?2".
  6. ^ a b "?2".
  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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