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Triangle (Tie Saam Gok) [DVD]

Tsui Hark , Ringo Lam    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BKW3RQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three giants of Hong Kong crime cinema - Tsui Hark (Seven Swords), Ringo Lam (City on Fire), and Johnnie To (Election) - join forces to create Triangle. Longtime friends Bo-Sam, Fai, and Mok contend with criminal hoods, a corrupt cop, and an unfaithful wife in their quest to unearth a treasure buried beneath the Hong Kong legislative building. The film's title refers to both the acclaimed trio of filmmakers and to the uneasy brotherhood of the film's three central characters. A lively action-thriller that brings together three of Hong Kong's greatest directing stylists.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mish mash of a movie... 4 Dec 2008
By R. Patel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The first thing that grabs you about this movie is that it has 3 directors all well-renowned in their own-right(especially Tsui Hark). The story unfolds in 3 thirty minute segments.

It is about 3 guys Fei, Sam and Mok who are in desperate need of some cash. One day they are approached by a myseterious man and he sends them on a path to so-called riches of buried treasure.

Anyway, this all plays out well, but somewhere in-between it gets a little abstract. The story itself is simple, but it never really grabbed my attention. There's just no development or focus to what is going on or the characters involved. I mean the 3 friends hardly know each other at all. They have nothing in common outside of money worries and none of them grabbed me as one to root for. Their relationships are never explored or expanded and frankly I didn't really care about them. The story is a "mish-mash". It goes from a treasure hunt to a gangster movie, to running over pedestrians, to one of the guy's wife having an affair with a dodgy cop. None of this, is ever explored in detail.

Triangle's biggest problem lies here-in. Far too much going on within each character's set up, that you just don't know what to feel about it. In my first run through of the movie I didn't even understand how I came to the closing scene (I had to watch it again to try and comprehend what was going on).

I sometimes suspect maybe the directors were just having a laugh while making this movie and at times I felt I must have missed the plot altogether.
The movie was just bizarre, I watch allot of Hong Kong cinema and this sits there in my top ten list of bizarre movies. The standoff near the end is just loony.

It may seem that I didn't understand the movie, but I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Three directors, three main characters, lots of tangents, oddness, and unpredictability. If you don't keep your eye on the ball you might lose the thread of the game. If this film were a mathematical equation it would be a fussy one. The script is all over the place, along with the characters and a bunch of incidentals who muddy things further. The core of the matter is pretty straightforward, but nipping out to put the kettle on or get a beer could result in future confusion. But what of the film? The direction is mosaic, the acting sound, the conflict of ideas entertaining, the action frequent (bit too bluntly violent for a 12 certificate?), the camera work and atmospherics adequate, the whole thing more barking than a basket of badgers. It has a certain originality, so I'd recommend it for something different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A directorial relay race 11 Nov 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A veritable 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. Certainly worth a look, and Manga's 2.35:1 widescreen DVD has a fine transfer (though no extras other than trailers for other releases), but no classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An unequilateral triangle 25 Oct 2008
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This is my first foray into Hong Kong cinema but not my first into world cinema. Three directors with approximately 30 mins each sounds like a recipe for disaster and a previous reviewer summed it up perfectly;too many cooks have spoilt this Chinese broth. The first hour is quite stylish and entertaining. It's a well photographed film,nicely framed and quite atmospheric showing a side of Hong Kong I've only ever imgined outside of the usual harbour shot. It's a realistic enough portrayal with some of the dialogue a bit banal and not Hollywood slick scripting. The violence was contained and credible with none of that "Matrix" king fu. One thing I particularly liked was that one of the bad guys got injured (it even looked genuine) in pursuit of one of the main characters when he landed on a table from a great height;instead of carrying on unscathed he just lay there.

The plot is simple enough - dig up treasure, loose treasure, try to recover treasure. Two out of three weren't bad namely the digging and losing. The recovery however killed this film if that's not a contradiction in terms. It becomes very obvious that a different director has taken over after an hour. The previous 60 minutes complimented each other and blended well. The last segment however just sank into preposterous absurdity and I actually skipped back a few frames thinking I'd lost conscousness and missed a huge segment of the film. The lead female character having been run over by a speeding car 5 minutes previously is miraculously recovered without a cut or a bruise. We are then introduced to a character who looks and acts as if he's been a contestant on Takeshi's Castle (Japanese I know) about 100 times too many because he's completely strange.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taut Triangular Thriller
'Triangle (Tie Saam Gok)' is a Hong Kong crime-thriller that released in 2007 to good reviews and became an average grosser at the box-office. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by Mitun
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
i enjoyed the film, no over the top bloody sences. never relised or noticed while watching the film it was done by 3 directors, only know cose of what the reviews say here. Read more
Published on 5 July 2011 by HellTempest
4.0 out of 5 stars Three's Company
As a fairly routine thriller of its type Triangle works well. I enjoyed it very much. Initially I was going to concentrate on spotting the differences beteween the three director's... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by Nick Huckle
3.0 out of 5 stars Throughly ridiculous but reasonable fun
Despite the over-indulgent self-referentiality of this piece, it's reasonable fun and has a quick-paced and sometimes amusing style. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2009 by alexliamw
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated Caper
Triangle in a Hong Kong caper movie directed by three different (and established) directors, each one taking a 30 minute section. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2008 by Essex Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Hype for the wrong reasons should be a giveaway
All of the hype surrounding 'Triangle' has nothing to do with the actual quality of the film or its storyline, but instead the coming together of three of Hong Kong's biggest and... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2008 by ravenheart
3.0 out of 5 stars Make light work or spoil broth
Usually when three movie directors work together, it's to create a portmanteau film of connected stories: think New York Stories (Woody Allen, Scorsese, Coppola) or Eros... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by Alan Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I really enjoyed this movie. I know nothing about Hong Kong cinema or the Asian criminal genre, which meant I put off watching it for a short while. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by Michael Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars More Hong Kong action
Life has not been kind to Sam (Simon Yam), Fai (Louis Koo) and Mok (Sun Hong Lei). One evening, a mysterious old man appears before them, revealing that an ancient treasure is... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by Mr. B. Trotter
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed-up
I'm a great fan of Asian Cinema and I was expecting quite a bit from this movie. Great action, intriguing plot, powerful performances... NO. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2008 by Sanjay
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