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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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Tagline:
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
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 26 September 2009, 1:01 PM, PDT)

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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Three is the Magic Number, 29 March 2010
Author: Shawn McKenna (srmckenna@hotmail.com) from Modesto, California

The idea behind this film was to get three of the best Hong Kong action/crime directors today working together. The result was each did one segment (around 30 minutes each) in chronological order with Tsui first, Lam second and To finishing it off. This would be done differently than a film like Four Rooms (1995) where each segment was basically a separate story. In this movie each director would continue after the other to move the story and characters along from what happened previously. Like many conceptual films this movie sometimes seems a bit forced, sometimes clunky, some plot angles hang, disappear and seem a bit confusing, but I still found the movie quite interesting and entertaining.

Triangle (the Chinese title is The Iron Triangle) starts off with Tsui Hark creating the foundation for the plot. It is both good and bad that Hark creates tons of plot angles for the movie to go. It gives the Ringo and later To plenty of room to move with, but also will leave either a bit too much to be either ignored and some angles barely gone over that a tighter script would have just ignored. In fact it took me a few tries to get past the beginning.

Simon Yam (PTU, Election) is Lee Bo Sam a former race driver who is friends with Fai (Louis Koo: Throwdown) and antique shop owner Mok Chung-yuan (Sun Hong Lei: Seven Swords). Fai is trying to get him to acquiesce to a driving job for a jewelry heist. If he does not Fai will receive harm from some local triad members. All three need money though. In the middle of the meeting between Fai and Lee a strange man gives those three a small gold piece and states where they can find the rest of this treasure. His motives for doing this are a mystery to the bunch. Meanwhile Lee's wife Lin (Kelly Lin: Sparrow) is having an affair with policeman Wen (Gordon Lam), states that her husband is trying to have her killed off and wants Lam to get rid of Sam first.

When Ringo Lam takes over in the first film he has directed since leaving the production of Wake of Death (2004), he ups the psychological attitude of the film and enriches the characterization. The most effective change is how the love-triangle relationship between Lam, Lin and Sam no longer appears to be the stereotypical triangle in the beginning and takes on a new bizarre dimension. Ringo Lam does a homage to Reservoir Dogs which was based on his film City on Fire so you see a homage to an homage) by using a record player, a handcuffed cop and a few other scenarios in this middle segment of the film.

The last segment belongs to Johnnie To and from the beginning where we see Lam Suet (Lam is in a lot of Johnnie To movies) we know who is directing this. Suet plays a drug addicted epileptic who causes flats in both automobiles and bikes and offers to fix them. The area where he is in has no cellular reception and a conveniently located eatery where they can wait while their vehicle is being fixed. However, Wen is there as well as the triad members who are there to purchase firearms. This is another use of the triangle in this film. To offers his normal use of "Team Spirit" themes and Mexican standoff action in this conflict triangle to make the last half hour quite interesting.

While this film never fully jells together, some plot changes are just a bit bizarre like Lin's character change (or really non-use) in the third segment, I still ended up really liking this film. There are quite enough brilliant moments that make this movie a recommendation for fans of not only Hong Kong cinema and Johnnie To, but movie fanatics as well. You just have to get past the first 15 minutes.

I have the Magnolia pictures R1 release that has two extra features: a "Making of" and a Behind the Scenes. The "Making of" is solely focused on Johnnie To's segment and ultimately not that interesting. It is mostly standing around, saying a few lines and more waiting. Behind the Scenes actually has the most information with interviews from several of the cast and crew. The region 3 release of this by Mega Star has deleted scenes, TV spots and trailers in addition to what the R1 has. I was most disappointed that the R1 does not have the deleted scenes, but it is still a worthwhile release.

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