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This review is from: Triangle (Tie Saam Gok) [DVD] (DVD)
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I'll admit it before I start but I've never seen any of the three director's films, not being overly familiar with Hong Kong cinema but I'd heard a couple of positive reviews of Triangle so I thought I'd give it a go. As previously stated the film is split into three half hour segments each directed by one of the three. It's no shock then that this is uneven, confusing and at times quite messy. The fact that it also features five scriptwriters can't help.
Essentially Triangle is a heist movie that isn't concerned about the heist, it is shown as a brief montage, but rather with the bizarre goings on that follow it thanks to the myriad connections between the main protagonists and a bunch of supporting characters.
It starts off well but soon descends into a confusing jumble of characters and a convoluted plot that relies a little too much on coincidence. Then the second act becomes a totally different picture, a sort of psycho romance art picture, a move that jars and may put some off. Keeping in mind how this film was produced goes some way to explaining it, but it's still a strange move. Thankfully the third act is a cracker and features a great final confrontation and some confusion over plastic carrier bags that just about makes the first hour worthwhile.
So three legendary directors working separately a great film does not make as it ends up an uneven, confusing mess. But it's an entertaining uneven, confusing mess. I'm just unsure who this really is going to appeal to, including fans of the three directors. As i said I don't know their separate works but Triangle doesn't really give them a chance to flourish.