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Writers:
Sharon Chung (written by)
Kenny Kan (written by)
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Release Date:
1 October 2007 (China) See more »
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3 Masters. 1 Masterpiece. See more »
Plot:
Told in three 30-minute segments, three friends seek out the buried treasure of a mysterious stranger. | Add synopsis »
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DVD Playhouse--September 2009
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Genre label flowers under Magnolia
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 12 September 2007)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Louis Koo ... Fai

Simon Yam ... Lee Bo Sam
Honglei Sun ... Mok Chung Yuan (as Sun Hong Lei)
Ka Tung Lam ... Wen (as Lam Ka Tung)

Kelly Lin ... Ling
Yong You ... Policeman (as Yao Yung)
Suet Lam ... Fat Bo (as Lam Suet)
Haitao Li ... Lung (as Li Hai Tao)
Kai Wa Chan ... Kwan (as Chan Kai Wa)
Chun Yip ... Chan Fok-sui (as Yip Chun)
Ho Sai Chan (as Chan Ho Sai)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Libby Brien ... Fai's Mother / Radio Voices (voice: English version)

Philip Hersh ... Wen (voice: English version)
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Mob Boss (uncredited)

Directed by
Ringo Lam 
Johnnie To 
Hark Tsui  (as Tsui Hark)
 
Writing credits
Sharon Chung (written by)

Kenny Kan (written by)

Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Kin-Yee Au (written by) (as Au Kin Yee) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by) (as Yip Tin Shing)

Produced by
John Chong .... executive producer
Kok Leung Kuk .... line producer (as Kuk Kok Leung)
Ringo Lam .... executive producer
Ringo Lam .... producer
Dennis Law .... executive producer
Zhong-Jun Ma .... line producer (as Ma Zhong Jun)
Johnnie To .... executive producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Hark Tsui .... executive producer (as Tsui Hark)
Hark Tsui .... producer (as Tsui Hark)
Dong Yu .... executive producer (as Yu Dong)
 
Original Music by
Dave Klotz 
Guy Zerafa (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
 
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson  (as David Richardson)
 
Art Direction by
Raymond Chan 
Tony Yu 
 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
William Fung 
 
Makeup Department
Kit Ling Chan .... dresser (as Chan Kit Ling)
Sau-Han Chan .... makeup artist (as Chan Sau Han)
Miko Chu .... makeup artist (as Midco Chu)
Joe Kwong .... hair stylist
Ping Tong .... dresser
 
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Wan-San Ding .... production supervisor (as Ding Yuin Shan)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Eric Huen .... assistant production manager
Chung-mo Tang .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ho-ming Chan .... second assistant director (as Chan Ho Ming)
Joe Chan .... second assistant director
Pou-Soi Cheang .... associate director (as Soi Cheang)
Ka-kit Cheung .... first assistant director (as Jeff Cheung)
Jonathan Li .... second assistant director
Albert Kai-kwong Mak .... first assistant director (as Mak Kai Kwong)
Danny Wong .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kwong-hung Chan .... assistant art director (as Chan Kwong Hung)
Sonia Ko .... assistant art director
Pak Shing Lai .... property master (as Lai Pak Shing)
Sam Lam .... set designer
Wai Ming Lam .... property master (as Lam Wai Ming)
Wing Hing Lo .... property master (as Lo Wing Hing)
Molly Siu .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Kenneth Chan .... assistant sound editor
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound designer (as Martin Chappell)
Tony Cheng .... location sound
Ka-Fai Lai .... assistant sound editor (as Lai Ka Fai)
Chung Wai Leung .... location sound (as Leung Chung Wai)
Chung-hau Leung .... boom operator (as Leung Chung Hau)
Marie Louise Ng .... dialogue recordist
Chun Ming Wong .... boom operator (as Wong Chun Ming)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist (as Tommy Yu)
 
Visual Effects by
Ka-Ling Cheung .... CGI animator (as Cheung Ka Ling)
Jacky Chung .... CGI animator
Hin Pu Ho .... CGI animator (as Ho Hin Pun)
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Peony Lam .... visual effects coordinator
Chi Wai Law .... CG director (as Law Chi Wai)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Ka Yung Tse .... CGI animator (as Tse Ka Yung)
Lai Kuen Wong .... optical effects coordinator (as Wong Lai Kuen)
 
Stunts
Man Cheong Chan .... car stunt choreographer (as Chan Man Cheong)
Kar Lok Chin .... action choreography (as Chin Ka Lok)
Kar Lok Chin .... car stunt choreographer (as Chin Ka Lok)
Kar Lok Chin .... car stunts
Roger Lee .... car stunt choreographer (as Roger Li)
Bruce Mang .... action choreography (as Mang Fan Lun)
Gobi Ng .... stunt driver
Wai-Fai Wong .... assistant car stunts choreographer (as Wong Wai Fai)
Bun Yuen .... action choreography (as Yuen Bun)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Siu-Kwan Chan .... focus puller
Hung Yan Cheung .... making-of camera (as Cheung Hung Yan)
Tsz Pun Ko .... making-of camera (as Ko Tsz Pun)
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Chak-Shun Tang .... still photographer
Hung Mo To .... camera operator (as To Hung Mo)
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Kai Yuen Yeung .... still photographer (as Yeung Kai Yuen)
Ray Richards .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wanee Chu .... assistant costume designer
Anna Lai .... assistant costume designer
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer (as Karen Yip)
 
Editorial Department
Cathy Lau .... post-production assistant
Allen Leung .... assistant editor
Calmen Lui .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
Dave Klotz .... music arranger
Dave Klotz .... music recordist
Dave Klotz .... orchestrator
Guy Zerafa .... music arranger
Guy Zerafa .... music recordist
Guy Zerafa .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Hiu Tao An .... dubbing coach: Mandarin (as An Hiu Tao)
Siu Kuen Chiu .... caterer (as Chiu Siu Kuen)
Chi Hung Fan .... continuity (as Fan Chi Hung)
Jack Lai .... continuity
Ching Ting Law .... set runner (as Lu Ching Ting)
Grace Lu .... subtitler
Janet Ma .... assistant: Tsui Hark
Cheung Wing Mak .... set runner (as Mak Cheung Wing)
Tiffany Ng .... subtitler
Angel Tang .... production assistant
Alvin Tse .... assistant: Tsui Hark
Candy Tsui .... assistant: Tsui Hark
Ho Wong .... dubbing coach: Mandarin (as Wong Ho)
 
Thanks
Florence Kwok .... special thanks
Chi Wai Yau .... special thanks (as Yau Chi Wai)
Kate Yeung .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tie saam gok" - China (original title)
"The Iron Triangle" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence
Runtime:
France:101 min (Cannes Film Festival) | Hong Kong:93 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Three of Hong Kong's iconic directors, 5 March 2011
Author: Richard Hawes from Kent, England

A notable collaboration between three of the most iconic directors in Hong Kong, Triangle is a complex crime film from which one should expect the unexpected.

This is a not a Pulp Fiction (1994) or Three Extremes (2004) style anthology, but instead a single, linear story in which the baton is passed from one director to the next, a bit like The Signal (2007).

Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and current favourite Johnnie To each used their own scripts and production teams to create 30 minutes of this crime drama.

Tsui Hark's first act establishes the characters, handing over to Ringo Lam for an intense second act and it's therefore down to Johnnie To to wrap things up in the chaotic final act. These are directors who know how to use conventions, such as the mcguffin, the chase and gunfight, but delight in adding unexpected twists to subvert our expectations.

The result is a surprisingly natural film experience. Distinctive styles, such as Tsui Hark's intense visuals, may make the audience aware of who is in control but generally it's almost impossible to determine which director's work we are watching at any given time. Cinematographer Cheng Siu-Keung deserves credit for maintaining a beautifully atmospheric tone throughout, even during the many unusual moments.

As is appropriate for a film with three directors there are three lead characters. Simon Yam, Louis Koo and Sun Honglei play desperate men planning a robbery when a mystery man approaches leaves in their possession a piece of gold which sends them in a new direction, toward buried treasure.

It's the set-up for a conventional heist movie, the kind of film we have seen many times before, but in the hands of these skilled artists it becomes much more. The triangle of the title can be interpreted to mean one or several things. Meaning extends beyond simply referring to the collaboration between the trio of filmmakers.

It can be said to refer to the three-stages to this story and the journey the audience accompanies the characters on. The poster art presents the words "destiny" "jealousy" and "temptation" on each side of the shape, hinting at a philosophical construction. Triangle is an ambiguous film from which we can take from what we wish.

I was personally drawn to the "love triangle" interpretation. At the heart of the film is a woman, the wife of one of the criminals, who has been having an affair. For a notable three years. Awareness of the betrayal has a direct influence on the direction of the story and things become increasingly unpredictable. I'm being intentionally vague about whose wife she is and with whom the affair is taking place as there are so many wonderful nuances and surprises in the narrative that it would be a shame to spoil them.

Simon Yam, a serious actor with a surprising number of action films in his filmography including Wake of Death with Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a Johnnie To regular and it's his cold, emotionless performance which grips the audience most. From the moment he is introduced on screen we never know what to expect from him.

Louis Koo (with whom Yam and To worked on the Election films) is also good as a small-time criminal getting in over his head with some nasty characters. The only weak link is Sun Hong Lei as an antique store owner who aids them in their heist. Too often off-screen and unmemorable when he is on it.

Triangle is an intriguing piece of work. Those seeking a fast-paced thriller would be advised to look elsewhere, but if you enjoy slow- burning character studies then this will not disappoint.

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