Triangle (Tie saam gok)


Triangle (Tie saam gok)

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Semi-comic-action thriller Triangle teams three leading Hong Kong directors together with confusing results. For asian cinema aficionados only.



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Three maestro Chinese action directors - Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark and Johnny To - co-helm the adventure saga Triangle. The film actually constitutes a film serial, divided into thirds, with each filmmaker responsible for one episode. Three drinking buddies, Fai, Sam and Mok are visited one dark and stormy night by a strange old man who dazzles them with the tale of an ancient treasure. The artifact in question - worth untold amounts of money - lies buried beneath an almost impenetrable government facility. The retrieval mission is theirs, if they wish to accept it, and if they can claim the treasure, they get to keep it. Indeed, the "loot" - a magnificent robe of interwoven golden strands, its monetary value inestimable - outstrips everyone's expectations. But in time, the friends' greed and selfishness begin to overshadow their considerations of loyalty, trust and friendship. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Triangle (Tie saam gok)

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The filmic equivalent of pass-the-parcel on Triangle, a convoluted crime caper about a mysterious gold coin and the luckless bozos on its trail.

Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Little of it however, is genuinely striking enough to suggest a welcome reception beyond the already converted.

Aug 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

A seriocomic crimer by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To that's a diverting, sometimes head-scratching experiment that will mostly chime with Asian movie buffs rather than satisfy general auds as a single, homogenous pic.

May 18, 2007 | Full Review…
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The cinematic equivalent of an inedible mess where ingredients war with one another and no one has paid any attention to the poor fellow who must consume the meal.

May 18, 2007

The beauty of the final showdown is that it's a form in which anything could happen. It's an emotional wilderness, a sort of invented environment that brings To closer to André Téchiné than either of his two co-directors here.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Your best strategy is simply to sit back, try to follow along, and enjoy the hijinks.

Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Triangle (Tie saam gok)

Triangle is such an appropriate title for this Hong Kong crime thriller. It isn't just because the story revolves around 3 friends, but more that this film is directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnnie To.

Each of the aforementioned directors directs a 30 minute segment of this 90 minute picture. Tsui Hark begins it off by dishing out the characters, relationships, and story lines in an erratic manner. This isn't surprising. Sure, there is a bit of confusion here, but there is enough going on to hold one's interest.

Ringo Lam steps in for the middle portion and does a good job at settling things down and clearing things up. The story advances at a slower pace and it sets everything up for the finale.

The last 30 minutes, helmed by Johnnie To, is the best part of the film. He is able to wrap everything up by bringing all the major characters together and putting on one of his trademark shootouts, which is the biggest action sequence of the film.

All the actors are no strangers to this genre. Simon Yam, Louis Koo, and Honglei Sun carry this picture with help from Ka Tung Lam and the beautiful Kelly Lin.

Triangle does have a shaky start, but the film gets better with each director change. Fans of Hong Kong crime thrillers will want to take a look at this one.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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Maybe it was me, but i didn't feel that this worked well. I won't blame the direction, which is quite fine except the first act, the script is full of characters, sub-plots and a lot of stuff that goes on and off for no real reason. The cast is great, and Suet Lam almost steals the whole thing. But i never cared about the characters, and neither i felt that they were in any danger until the final part. Making a movie with 3 directors of this caliber should have been something else, but the script was written by....six people? Now that sounds like too much hands for such a medium dish. All that said, it's good to see the HK industry willing to experiment a bit instead of trying to make another Infernal Affairs or some crap with canto-pop idols. Hope that they can nail it the next.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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The plot itself is not amusing, or stylistically clever in the first place But its thanks to the creative talents of the three directors, that help save this movie from total boredom.

Caius Chung
Caius Chung

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Pretty interesting; very intriguing idea by the 3 directors to film this movie the way that they did- 3 directors directing a third of a film, one after another- continuing where the other left offi.

Sheldon Chau
Sheldon Chau

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