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Triad Underworld (2011)

Andy Lau , Jacky Cheung , Ching-Po Wong  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Shawn Yue, Edison Chen, Chien-lien Wu
  • Directors: Ching-Po Wong
  • Writers: Ching-Po Wong, Chi-long To
  • Producers: Andy Lau, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam, Chi-leung Chan, Esther Koo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XJR2GG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Triad Underworld" on IMDb

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On the same night his wife gives birth to their fist son, Triad mob boss Hung (Andy Lau) learns that an assassin plans to kill him within the next 12-hours. Encouraged to leave town by his best friend Lefty (Jacky Cheung) and three untrustworthy lieutenants, Hung decides to stay and makes plans to protect himself and his family. Meanwhile, two low life-gangsters are collaborating to rise up through the ranks and as the dawn approaches, the streets of Hong Kong are about to see a whole lot of action.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In the realm of Asian crime drama, the Hong Kong thriller "Triad Underworld" (Gong wu) has never been considered a stand-out in a very overcrowded genre. Maybe that's why this 2004 release hasn't had a North American distribution deal until now. It's a shame really--far less interesting movies have made that leap in a much quicker timeframe. Nevertheless, those that enjoy the genre should find this an appealing addition. In truth, nothing in regard to plotting hasn't been covered in countless other films--but the movie succeeds with a narrative sleight-of-hand that is very effective. It's a surprisingly clever film with impassioned performances and good action set pieces. That makes it an easy recommendation for fans of Triad mayhem. If these Asian shoot-em-ups, however, are not you're cup of tea--you might want to start with some of the classic examples of the genre to get your feet wet.

One of my favorites, Andy Lau, plays the mob boss. When a hit is ordered on his life, the grounded leader must contend with his volatile best friend (Jacky Cheung) and a trio of opportunistic associates. Lau and Cheung, having grown up together, have very different management styles and there is heated discourse about the best way to handle the complexities of the night before them. The scenes between the friends have an escalating tension that is riveting. The highpoint of the entire movie is a dramatic discussion at a dinner table that seems to be floating through the air. It's a simple visual device that ratchets up the drama in an extraordinary way. In addition to this story, we also see a young gangster who agrees to take on his first hit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing and Visually Stunning Film by Ching-Po Wong September 10, 2011
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TRIAD UNDERWORLD is a little masterpiece of cinema. Though it was made in 2004 it is only now available in this country courtesy of Palisade Tartan Asia Extremes, but the wait was well worth it. Not only is the story (as written by Chi-Long To and Director Ching-Po Wong) mesmerizing through out the film, but the fact that it pulls a Guy de Maupassant-type ending that takes the audience by complete surprise. The aspect that makes this film an art work is the extraordinary creative cinematography by Charlie Lam and Kenny Lam: every frame of film is like a masterpiece of lighting and brilliant use of colors that give clues to the characters and the story - shots taken from beneath a glass floor during a fight, interludes of a near blank black screen except for windows of carefully suggestive color and luminous lighting, extensive use of slow motion photography during the very choreographed fight sequences all contribute to the mood of the Hong Kong underworld in the finest manner. The musical score by Mark Lui also deserves special recognition: often soundless mayhem is accompanied by ballades using both Eastern and Western thematic material.

The story seems rather straightforward: Triad leader Hung Yan-jau (Andy Lau)'s wife gives birth to a baby boy, and event that causes Hung to consider considers leaving the world of the gangsters. Hung's closest lifelong friend Left Hand AKA Lefty (Jacky Cheung) reminds Hung that Hung has always said he would leave the crime world if he had a wife and child. Lefty is more the playboy and both Hung and Lefty own spectacular restaurants. Should Hung decide to leave, taking his wife (Chien-lien Wu) and newborn son to New Zealand then the head of the Triad would pass to Lefty.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing October 19, 2013
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Definetly not the Triad Gangster flick I was expecting. Boring, the characters outside of Hung were weak, forgettable, Lefty (turbo) was the sterotypical loose cannon gangster we've seen a 1k times, and done far better . The script, at least how it was translated, was weak. Cinemetography was OK, pacing was erratic. In all, this is a watch once, rent but don't buy proposition unless you need filler for your DVD/Rack and can get it under $3-$4
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing February 21, 2012
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This movie is one of the most confusing and boring movies I've seen.By the end of the movie your left with alot of questions and not many answers.The movie is not that long but it felt like it dragged on forever.I only stuck it through for Andy Lau.I'ts worth seeing it for free if your a Andy Lau fan and if you've already seen most of his other movies,otherwise I can't recommend it.
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