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The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019) – English Review

Drug dealers, you are so dead! Andy Lau is in town, and he’s coming for you!

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords has no connection to the first movie. The only thing they share is the title.

Andy Lau’s character has become a kind and rich man after saying goodbye to the triad. But he’s had enough of drugs and drug dealers that are poisoning the city. The police can’t do that much, but a rich man can and he has decided to clean up the city and kill all the drug dealers that live there. Gradually, drug dealers in the city are killed, but the most powerful of them all is an old acquaintance of Andy Lau and he has not forgotten who cut off his three fingers. Who cut off his three fingers? Yes, Andy Lau!

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords is a predictable movie with several weak characters. But fortunately, the movie is entertaining, although I hate Louis Koo as an actor.

We follow three different groups in the movie. The police, Louis Koo and his gang and Andy Lau and his gang and wife.

The way director Herman Yue tells the story is not the best way. He takes many shortcuts, and it’s always annoying when he introduces characters who never get many seconds of screen time. There are too many characters in this movie who get nothing to work with. Most of the characters around the three central characters are cardboard figures that are hollow and empty.

But the movie is nonetheless entertaining. In particular, I sat with a big smile during the big action sequence we see towards the end of the movie. Finally, a Hong Kong movie that made me smile again. And I don’t smile much! It’s been a long time since last time I saw an action movie from Hong Kong that made me smile again. We get to see a wild action sequence with lots of energy and madness. This is something you only find in Hong Kong movies. It’s just a shame that it takes so long for the movie to get to that point. It spends too much time on building up to the big showdown. And you notice that a lot of the characters should have gotten more depth so that it felt more dramatic when they are in danger of dying.

Rating: 6/10

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