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  • Actors: Simon Yam
  • Directors: Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AUIFBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Triangle" on IMDb

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Three legends of Hong Kong cinema Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie
To join forces to deliver this ingenious and thrilling crime caper, with each director lending his own distinct take on one part of the story.
Three drinking buddies, Sam, Fai and Mok, are struggling to make ends meet, when one night a mysterious old man appears and offers them a unique financial opportunity. He claims that buried beneath a high-security government building, lies an ancient treasure of great wealth. In agreement, the three men set off to commit the heist, but what they find puts their honor and friendship to the ultimate test.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn McKenna on February 5, 2010
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The idea behind this film was to get three of the best Hong Kong action/crime directors today working together. The result was each did one segment (around 30 minutes each) in chronological order with Tsui first, Lam second and To finishing it off. This would be done differently than a film like Four Rooms (1995) where each segment was basically a separate story. In this movie each director would continue after the other to move the story and characters along from what happened previously. Like many conceptual films this movie sometimes seems a bit forced, sometimes clunky, some plot angles hang, disappear and seem a bit confusing, but I still found the movie quite interesting and entertaining.

Triangle (the Chinese title is The Iron Triangle) starts off with Tsui Hark creating the foundation for the plot. It is both good and bad that Hark creates tons of plot angles for the movie to go. It gives the Ringo and later To plenty of room to move with, but also will leave either a bit too much to be either ignored and some angles barely gone over that a tighter script would have just ignored. In fact it took me a few tries to get past the beginning.

Simon Yam (PTU, Election) is Lee Bo Sam a former race driver who is friends with Fai (Louis Koo: Throwdown) and antique shop owner Mok Chung-yuan (Sun Hong Lei: Seven Swords). Fai is trying to get him to acquiesce to a driving job for a jewelry heist. If he does not Fai will receive harm from some local triad members. All three need money though. In the middle of the meeting between Fai and Lee a strange man gives those three a small gold piece and states where they can find the rest of this treasure. His motives for doing this are a mystery to the bunch.
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A veritable Hong Kong directorial relay race, with Hong Kong directors Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To each taking a half hour section of the picture before passing on the baton, Triangle never seems like a patchwork quilt but also rarely rises above the watchably average. Rather than the usual collection of short stories you get when multiple directors collaborate on a single film it's one continuous story, revolving around a trio of losers caught up in a caper that inevitably goes wrong. Simon Yam's a failing businessman who might just be poisoning his unfaithful wife for the insurance money (or she might just be setting him up), Louis Koo is a taxi driver with a trio of nasty gangsters on his tail when he fails to provide them with a getaway driver and Sun Hong Lei is an antiques dealer whose share dealings have failed disastrously. When a stranger puts them on the trail of a mysterious treasure buried under the legislative building, you know it's not so much the end of their problems as the beginning of them...

To the film's credit, the shifts in directorial style aren't glaringly obvious. Tsui Hark handles the setup, City On Fire's Ringo Lam provides the intriguing middle act that once again sees an injured cop handcuffed in a warehouse while Yam's domestic drama is played out in largely unexpected ways, while To wraps it up in a series of standoffs and mixups that's even more dependent on coincidence than the end of PTU. It's a film with good moments, some strong performances and some nice touches, but everyone concerned has done better work, leaving it a film that will probably appeal most to the very people it's most likely to disappoint.
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By Michael Kerjman on May 29, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Making money from semi-legally laundering antiques, three friends got a treasure just to fight for their lives having no profit, but a ghost on their back demanding a share in the future segments perhaps.

Not much at all but blood, killing and brutality.
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Format: DVD
A 2007 Hong Kong movie "Triangle" ("Tie saam gok") is made in the so-called "exquisite corpse" fashion, a unique narrative or visual style, in which segments (of words or images) made by participating artists are assembled so as to create one piece of work. Sometimes you are allowed to see what other contributors (especially the one prior to you) did; sometimes you are not.

In "Triangle" Tsui Hark (who thought of the idea) starts the story, introducing three main characters (Louis Koo, Simon Yam and Sun Hong Lei) planning a heist. About thirty minutes in, the film is taken over by Ringo Lam, who seems more interested in the subplot about Kelly Lin's character. Then again thirty minutes later Johnny To steps in (with over-the-top Lam Suet, a familiar face for Johnny To fans), wrapping up the whole film with a stylish shoot-out.

But don't take this film too seriously. After all, "Triangle" offers exactly what you expect from the "three-directors-in-one" project. The incoherent story does not make much sense. The film's tone shifts from restless to surreal, even near farcical. Sometimes too many things are going on, sometimes too few, reflecting the styles of the directors.

"Triangle" is definitely for die-hard Hong Kong film fans. As a film, it is a mess. With each director's distinct style and tone, however, it is a mess worth watching for fans.
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