G STORM (2021) Reviews of Hong Kong action thriller sequel

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G Storm is a 2021 Hong Kong-Chinese action-thriller film about an Immigration Department investigation and a Thai human trafficking ring.; it is a sequel to the 2019 film, P Storm.

Directed by David Lam Tak-Luk (L Storm; S Storm; Z Storm; Street Angels) from a screenplay co-written by Wong Ho-Wa, Ronald Chan Kin-Hung, Philip Lui Koon-Nam and Howard Yip Ming-Ho.

The Mandarin Films production stars Louis Koo Tin-Lok, Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, Kevin Cheng Ka-Wing, Jessica Hester Hsuan, Bosco Wong Chung-Chak, Rosyam Nor, Michael Tse Tin-Wah and Louis Cheung Kai-Chung

Plot:

ICAC Investigator William Luk (Louis Koo) is looking into a case in the Immigration Department which links to a Thai human trafficking ring…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“That the action is pretty good makes up for the story being bits and pieces connected by “I have a hunch” more times than is really advisable (as well as a random, unexplained bombing). It’s able to cruise on being compact and stuffed with a capable cast and action crew, but as it wraps up, it seems reasonable to suggest that there’s not enough more to do with this premise despite the Roman alphabet having 21 letters left.” Jay’s Movie Blog

” …G Storm is as mediocre as Z Storm, and a good reminder therefore of why we had never expected that Koo would go on to reprise his role as the fictional ICAC Special Investigator William Luk in four subsequent thematically related sequels. It’s equally surprising that Lam and his stalwart producer Raymond Wong has been able to attract such a stellar cast for such an underwhelming effort…” Movie Exclusive

“While G Storm is padded with enough action sequences to entertain, its incredibly slack storytelling proves a constant distraction […] A main character dies when a Hong Kong landmark is blown up – with underwhelming CGI effects – towards the film’s end, but so emotionally inert is the story that you’re unlikely to find even one viewer shedding a tear over this arbitrary development.” South China Morning Post

Cast and characters:

Louis Koo as William Luk (陸志廉), principal investigator of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Hong Kong) (ICAC).
Julian Cheung as Lau Po-keung (劉保強), chief inspector of the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit (JFIU)
Kevin Cheng as Kenny Ching (程德明), an ICAC investigator.
Jessica Hester Hsuan
Bosco Wong as Ching’s younger brother.
Rosyam Nor
Michael Tse as Tik Wai-kit (狄偉傑), a formerly corrupt inspector of the Customs and Excise Department (Hong Kong).
Louis Cheung
Anika Sheng as Tammy Tam (譚美莉), an ICAC officer and Luk’s subordinate.
Sienna Li
Monna Liu as Ding Rou (丁柔), an investigator of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
Dada Chan
Ding Haifeng as Hong Liang (洪亮), director of China’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Babyjohn Choi as Cel Siu (蕭光漢), an ICAC officer and Luk’s subordinate.
Toby Chan as Cindy Lee (李慧雅), inspector of JFIU and Lau’s subordinate.
Wilfred Lau
Deno Cheung as Wong Hoi-leung (黃海良), an ICAC officer and Luk’s subordinate.
Eddie Kwan as Yu Sir (余Sir), director of the investigation of the ICAC.

Original title:

G風暴 aka G风暴 aka G Fēng Bào aka G Fung Bou

Production:

Filming was paused beginning in January 2020 for safety issues and did not resume until June 2020.

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