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The trailer, plot, and characters leave you wanting more than what the film presents you.
There is a sense of irony as the characters seek a larger payout but never come to it... like how this story promises more but never achieves its goal.
Feels like the movie was good but misleading. Only last half of the film proved most interesting.
Easily one of my favourites in the Chinese Film Festival. There's just something about the visual storytelling of a Milkyway production, and it doesn't hurt that all three leads deliver great performances (with Lam bring a standout). This is consistently gripping, sometimes hilarious (with black humour, of course), and always interesting.
Another terrific product of Milky Way Studio. Although short in length, "Trivisa" represents all the cinematic features that Johnnie To et al. have built up throughout the years for Milky Way, from the extreme yet stylish violence, to characters that are both over-the-top and humanly subtle, and complicated plots full of twist-and-turn, foreshadowing, nuances, and social commentaries. Although longtime fans of Johnnie To's action films might be disappointed with the lack of "true" action sequences in this film, the excellent character development was somehow compensate for that with three well-built "villains" whose "glorious" criminal pasts also served as a melancholic reminisce of the thriving "pre-handover" years of Hong Kong and its cinema, and struggling presence reflects the growingly difficult co-existence of Hong Kong and Mainland, with Hong Kong natives feeling more and more worried about losing their own identity under the economic and cultural pressure from the other side of the Pearl River. Although this film was not directed by Master To himself, its heart-breaking ending reflects extremely well his spirit and philosophy of Buddhist karma, oriental ironies, and nostalgia about a Hong Kong of the past that will never come back. Given the overwhelming financial benefit from the mainland market, it will be very very difficult, if not impossible, for Hong Hong's cinema to regain its creativity and identity that was once unparalleled in Asia, but at least with films like this, it can still linger for a while before disappearing in the horizon of the milky way. Yes, probably the destiny of the "trivisa" would be the future of Hong Kong's cinema, and even of Hong Kong itself, that was the reason why the final and painful sequence of this film must be cherished, for it will repeat in a different form in the not-so-faraway future of the once-prosperous island.
Three very different style gang leaders are facing their mid-age problem. These problem can't simply solved by being cold-blooded nor creative. The last 15-30mins is really anti-climax. But this is exceptionally appropriate.
Hong Kong Movie is no longer just about the violent action that the world know about. This a movie with truely good stories. But you will have to know the history of Hong Kong back in 1997 to understand the struggle of the charactors. In the year of 1997, Hong Kong became the leverage in the diplomatic negotiation between the UK and the Communist China. Neither side really asked what the people of the Hang Kong really wanted.
With the spirit of Johnnie To, stating out the tragedy of HK after return to China.
An ok-movie, but the ending makes you go "That's it?"
A movie fictitious movie based on real historical figures "Trivisa" (or in Chinese, "????," which means "big tree catches wind") tells the story of Hong Kong's three most notorious mobsters trying to unite/arrange a meet so they can score one last hit before their native Hong Kong get handed over to the mainland in 1997. In terms of enjoyment this film is certainly above average for a gangster flick yet not amazing. The ending does leave you speechless though- another Hong Kong movie that concludes with a scene of missed opportunity, which is perhaps representative of the attitude that many of it's citizens felt leading up to the region's expiration date.