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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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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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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As messy as you'd expect See more (13 total) »

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)
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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
As messy as you'd expect, 22 April 2008
Author: Simon Booth from UK

A novel idea, originating in Tsui Hark I believe, to make a film based on the old game of incremental story-telling, passing the baton between 3 of Hong Kong's (once) top directors (they should have swapped Johnnie To for John Woo and called it "The Victims of Jean-Claude Van-Damme Rehabilitation Project"). The result is, sadly, almost as incoherent as a nay-sayer might expect it to be.

The first third of the film (Tsui) is kind of scatter-shot, throwing ideas out there for the other directors to pick up on, centred around a heist movie setup with 3 main protagonists (Simon Yam, Louis Koo and Sun Hong-Lei) - setting up a triangle that clearly hints where he really wants the movie to go. This section does suffer from that amphetamine-high lack of focus that sometimes afflicts Tsui Hark when he has too many ideas for a movie, and can't decide which ones are really important.

Ringo Lam takes over just before 30 minutes in, and the mood shifts - he evidently wants to create a psychological horror instead of a crime movie, and shifts the focus more to the characters played by Kelly Lin and Gordon Lam. This part is eerie and oblique, a little surreal at times but much more focused.

Then Johnnie To comes in for the final act, and decides that the film should really be... a farce! Perhaps it's his way of commenting on the baby he has been left holding. Every character that's been introduced so far is brought back into play, along with a couple of new ones (notably Lam Suet), and the plot plays itself out in an elaborate comedy of errors hinged upon a series of entirely implausible coincidences. The finale is a gun battle vaguely reminiscent of those in THE MISSION or EXODUS, but with a more comical coating. It's a bit Shakespearean, but falls short of The Bard's wit.

The shifting of tones, and the diverting focus of the narrative, is exactly the sort of problem you'd expect a movie with three directors and three script-writing teams to have. Perhaps that was the point, and each director deliberately took the movie into their own favourite territory when they took the reins. I guess that's how it usually happens when people play the game amongst themselves (I forget the name of it, never really saw the appeal), but they perhaps failed to factor in that the game is more fun for the people playing it than for somebody who simply gets handed the end result. The production process may be interesting to talk or think about, but probably makes for a less enjoyable film than a more conventional collaboration would have.

I did enjoy Ringo Lam's section though - hopefully it's a sign he's going to be doing more work in Hong Kong again!

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