(aka "Triangle" or "Tie Saam Gok" )

 

directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To
Hong Kong 2007

 

The premise. Three big directors – Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To – each direct one segment of a movie, each roughly half an hour long. The catch: the first director shoots his part, hands everything to the next director and has no say in what will happen. That director looks at the first part, shoots his part and hands everything to the third director. Thus, something original and fascinating will hopefully be born, reflecting the style and sensibilities of the individual directors. Indeed, for fans of the directors, the handoff points in the movie are as clear as night and day. The three directors never opted to continue the style created by the others, instead stamping their own footprint in what they shot. The results may seem uneven in style and tone, but watching, say, the gritty realism of Ringo Lam contrasted with the idealistic romanticism of Johnnie To is a fun experience.

The plot. Three men are introduced, talking about wanting money. They all need it for one reason or another and we're all privy to that information in due time. The reasons are not always for respectable reasons. In fact, the relationships between the characters here are a bit sneaky to say the least. The trio gets their chance at fortune when a mysterious man gives them his card and tells them they can steal a treasure worth a lot of money. Crooked cops, cheating wives and desperate people collide to start off this movie with a bang. Tsui Hark knows how to create suspense and the movie has an incredibly tense start. Nail-biters, steer clear from the beginning. Quick cuts and fast music, combined with sticky situations and unexpected twists get this movie off to a great start.

The aftermath. After a smash cut, the three men have to figure out what they want to do. The movie slows down some, loses intensity, but the mystery quickly builds. Ringo Lam combines a maguffin-like piece of history and some slick camera, lulling the viewer into a false sense of security. Characters are explored and their relationships deepen. The cinematography changes and the emotions come out until the cop is handcuffed to a steel door, the cheating wife is at the mercy of her unstable husband, who happens to be handling the cop's gun.

The conclusion. After things don't go as planned, everybody is holed up in a small outdoor restaurant, the fuse of which seems to blow out all the time. In the middle of nowhere, these men are isolated and have to fend for themselves. Trust and cunning take over, and the three friends have to decide whether money or friendship is more important. Johnnie To's signature style is clear as black is the night, with smooth camera moves and airy music. The dark location lends itself perfectly to Mr. To's cinematography, who uses every shade of shadow and slow-motion movement to extract every bit of suspense and every layer of meaning created throughout the movie. Watching cops, mobsters and friends running around, shooting at each other, you’re left wondering how this will all turn out.

Pat Pilon

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Theatrical Release: November 1, 2007 (Hong Kong)

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DVD Review: Media Asia - Region 3 - NTSC

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Region 3 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:51
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 9.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Cantonese DTS 5.1 (768 kbps), Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps), Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
Subtitles Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Media Asia

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• disc 2:
• Making-Of featurette (6:14)
• Behind the Scenes:
• - Tsui Hark (16:08)
• - Ringo Lam (23:59)
• - Johnnie To (22:21)
• Deleted Scenes (16:38)
• Trailer (1:59)
• TV Spot (0:15)

DVD Release Date: December 15, 2007
2-Disc Amaray Case

Chapters 20

 

Comments:

A wonderful movie, especially if you like the directors, the disc is very nice. The transfer is quite strong, with a ridiculously high bitrate. This is reflected in the very clean and very strong picture. There are specs here and there thoughout the movie, for reasons I can't explain. It's a shame these are present considering this is a new movie and the rest of the picture is so nice.

The audio is typical but very strong. The use of score is actually pretty interesting when looking at the different segments. It reflects the director's ideas about music and as such the volume levels of the different elements varies slightly. The sound environment is nicely laid out and the sound helps very much to bring you into the movie. I apologise for the lack of a subtitle capture, but they're white, with a nice size, never distracting from the movie.

As for the extras, the deleted scenes are interesting, but they don't add much to the movie. Though 16 minutes looks long, much of the time in the six scenes are extensions. The best extra is easily the behind the scenes footage. It's basically a fly-on-the-wall look at the directors doing what they do best. There's no narration or anything of the sort, it's simply behind the scenes footage and it's really interesting.

Fans of the directors will want this movie, as it's a very nice experiment. It's worth watching and the DVD quality is very nice.

 - Pat Pilon

 



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