Director: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnny To
Cast: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Sun Hung Lei, Lam
Ka Tung, Kelly Lin
1 hr 33 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: PG (Some Scenes of Intimacy)
Official Website: www.trianglethemovie.com
Opening Day: 1 November 2007
Life has not been kind to SAM (Simon Yam), FAI (Louis Koo)
and MOK (Sun Hong Lei) as they struggle to make ends meet.
Routine visits to bars seem to be their only way out of miseries.
a stormy evening when a mysterious old man appears before
them with a tip: An ancient treasure is buried under the high-security
Legislative Building. All they have to do is sneak in and
retrieve it; if they believe in his story.
Fai and Mok agree to make a run for the treasure to test their
fate. What they uncover is beyond anything they expected:
An ancient coffin containing a ceremonial robe made of gold!
to Mok, who deals antiques, the robe is worth millions. The
thought of getting rich puts the three men's friendship to
test, as their minds are beset by greed, fear and suspicion...
treasure also attracts the attention of others. LING (Kelly
Lin), whose marriage with Sam is on the verge of collapse,
plans to steal the robe and run away with her lover WEN (Lam
Ka Tung). Even Mainland hit men want a piece of the action.
eyes are set on the treasure. Whoever will go to the extreme
will become its owner. Between survival, wealth and friendship,
Sam, Fai and Mok will ultimately have to make a choice…
What joy it must have been to work with two of your closest
friend in the industry. We are sure this was the sentiment
of directors Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To when they
decided to collaborate on this special project that will be
remembered as Hong Kong filmmaking industry’s most unique
(Seven Swords, Once Upon a Time in China), Lam (Full Alert,
Prison on Fire) and To (PTU, Election) first met at Hong Kong’s
TVB television station some 30 years ago.
serial film consists of three parts, each running at around
30 minutes and helmed by each director without others’
intervention or intrusion. Each director took over from where
the previous one left off, and the resultant film is a compelling
picture that will appeal to both fans of the individual directors,
and also fans Hong Kong cinema.
93-minute film basically follows three friends as they uncover
a buried treasure, and the misadventures they have along the
what we think is the most difficult segment to direct, Hark
opens the picture with a tad too many characters and plot
lines to introduce to the unaware viewer. But as the movie
picks up pace, the audience will be comfortably settled into
the protagonists’ motivations, as well as the main plot
of the action thriller. The setup is well developed as the
viewer is eventually led into a conflict faced by the characters.
not properly bookmarked, we think Lam takes over the character
development where we see the web of relationships between
the main and supporting characters. Personalities and temperaments
are fleshed out nicely with both casual banters and heated
dialogues amongst the characters.
in what we think is the most signature of the three segments,
To concludes the film with a noir approach, where the characters
are situated in one single location, and interestingly set-up
circumstances bring the film to an entertainingly thought-provoking
top-rate production values from this movie – in terms
of its engagingly choreographed action sequences, its artistically-shot
chiaroscuro cinematography and its enigmatically exciting
course, kudos goes to the cast of reliable actors like the
subdued Simon Yam (Exiled,
Eye in the Sky),
the increasingly showy Louis Koo (Election,
and the comfortably composed Sun Hong-lei (Blood
Brothers, Happy Times). The supporting cast of the vulnerable
Kelly Lin (After
This Our Exile, My Left eye Sees Ghosts), the increasingly
likeable Lam Ka Tung (Hooked
on You, Brothers)
and the always amusing Lam Suet (Invisible
2) are the icing on the already fine platter of actors
in this glossily produced thriller that fans of Hong Kong
cinema are bound to enjoy.
(A sleek and entertaining thriller
concocted by three of Hong Kong’s finest masters of
Review by John Li