Gao Qunshu’s Wind Blast is a perfect blend of the Honk Kong action genre and the American western genre, which makes for a nice piece of entertainment. A young man escapes to the Gobi Desert, after he murders an off duty police officer in Hong Kong. The hit was put out by a corporate big wig that needed the police officer gone, but failed to be anonymous, due to the young man taking a photo of him with his cell phone . A squad of four police officers go into the desert to apprehend him, along with two bounty hunters that mean to kill him because he knows what their employer looks like. A deadly cat and mouse game ensues, filled with plenty of guns, kung fu and car chases to make an action junkie feel right at home.
Even though the films plot is a bit thin and the running time a tad bit long, the things that Wind Blast does right makes it highly enjoyable. Aesthetically, the backdrop of the Gobi Desert makes the film feel like an authentic western, fully utilizing the different landscapes to tell its story. This along with staging the various action sequences in a back drop like this, makes the film feel very epic in scope. The mix of various action scenes help show each of the main characters abilities and why each of the police officers are integral to the investigation. Francis Ng and Nan Yu play really awesome adversaries and both carry a gravitas, that build up some really great tension when their on screen.
Well Go USA’s Blu-Ray of Wind Blast is pretty top notch, in both the video and audio department. The film is presented in an 1080p, AVC encoded video track, with a an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film’s look is often desaturated, which helps give it a weathered and beaten image, as if it was in the desert. Again, the landscapes and other various locations look really solid in the image presented and is certainly a highlight of the disc. The audio on the Blu-Ray is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that does justice to the video track. With great fidelity in the high end and the low end of the mix, the DTS track showcases some impressive effects, great ambiences and a mix that does justice to Wind Blast.
While the extras are a bit light, everything that’s in the film, makes up for it. With some great action and a fantastic looking and sounding Blu-Ray, you should do yourself a favor and check out Wind Blast.