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Triangle (2007) More at IMDbPro »Tie saam gok (original title)


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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
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Genre label flowers under Magnolia
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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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LOVE IS LIKE A BALLOONSee more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Triangle, 1 November 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The much awaited Hong Kong movie Triangle has finally hit our shores. It's an interesting project, given that 3 HK directors - Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To - are combining forces to tell a story in the "exquisite corpse" style, where each one takes over from where the other left off, each injecting their own narrative style and spin to the characters and story. It's friendly one-upmanship between the directors in their bout to demonstrate their innovativeness, spontaneity and resourcefulness, but what comes through is clearly a mixed bag, expectedly so since you have three distinct creative inputs.

Does it come across as confusing? You bet, at least for the first third when Tsui creates the characters and the premise. I thought Tsui had tried to bite off more than he can chew. Then again, being the one off the starting blocks, he might be trying to provide as many possibilities and directions that the narrative can choose to adopt and examine in depth or drop altogether. And he doesn't get involved in the chewing anyway, as that's left to Ringo Lam to digest, and Johnnie To to wrap up. Tsui creates a trio who are hard pressed for cash. In Mok's (Chinese actor Sun Hong Lei) antique shop, Fai (Louis Koo) proposes to Sam (Simon Yam) about a heist, which requires them to utilize the latter's driving skills. A stranger appears and provides them an ancient coin, and a puzzle on a website which directs them to treasure (which includes lingerie!) underneath a government legislative building.

Simple enough? Yes, until we also get thrown many other subplots, some of which involves the original heist gone awry because of Sam's backing out, Sam's wife Ling (Kelly Lin) having an affair with corrupt cop Wen (Lam Ka Tung), Fai being under Wen's payroll and their plot within a plot in the original heist to bump Sam off, so that the adulterous couple can lead a new life, gangland members screwball involvement in the whole scheme of things, and the list goes on. Ideas get thrown into the mix and tossed about, and you can almost hear Tsui's cheeky snickering at how Lam and To will be able to sieve through the mess.

But fret not, I believe Lam had managed to, given that he closed most of the open threads and decided quite cleverly, to focus on the individual motivations involving a love "Triangle", and examined some of the characters in depth. This created a much needed and deserved pause for your brain to filter through the noise Tsui had caused, and made the narrative henceforth more manageable, and it did have some rather creative scenes of violence. Fans of Ringo Lam will have known of his earlier movie City On Fire, which Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs was widely acknowledged to be inspired from. And in Lam's third of the movie, he provides a throwback to Reservoir Dogs, coming full circle with a scene within a warehouse, a character in bondage, everyone else coming over for their piece of the action, with music played over a turntable.

So what's left of Johnnie To to do? He cleared the mess, literally. I thought he provided the best possible last arc for what had transpired over the last hour, with shades from the Election movie (the hunt for an artifact) and a very, very complicated setup to Exiled styled Mexican stand-offs, together with themes of brotherhood, loyalty and honour all summed up beautifully. And I thought he just had to throw in Lam Suet for comedic purposes to provide one last, but short, complication to up the ante that he too can make things complex! To does what To does best, and by the time the credits roll, you'll be pondering over what had transpired, and no doubt, I believe the talking point will be its ending.

All in all, Triangle proved to be an enjoyable ride. Just endure the messy start to get to the meat, before lasting the final sprint to the finishing line where you'll get that rewarding yarn. I'm not sure if the three directors will collaborate again, maybe they should, but this time to rearrange the order for a different film, and if they're at it, why not make it a trilogy to complete the loop so that everyone has a chance to begin, sustain, and close.

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