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“Plays to the strengths of each director as well as being a mini-primer of their different styles” - Derek Elley, VARIETY
Director: Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark
Screenplay: Yau Nai-Hoi, Au Kin-Yee, Yip Tin-Shing, Sharon Chung, Kenny Kan
Cast: Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Yip Chun, Lam Suet, Kelly Lin
Producers: Ringo Lam, Johnnie To, Tsui Hark
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
What happens when a trio of legendary filmmakers challenge each other to a cinematic game? TRIANGLE is what happens, that’s what. Conceived as a challenge between three close friends who also happen to be major Hong Kong film directors, TRIANGLE is a single story helmed in stages by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To. Here’s how it works: Tsui (SEVEN SWORDS, THE BLADE, ZU WARRIORS) kicks things off, scripting and directing the opening third before passing the reins to Ringo Lam. For his part, Lam (FULL CONTACT, CITY ON FIRE, FULL ALERT) must respect the characters and rules that Hark laid down in his act, but is otherwise free to take the story wherever he wants before passing things off to Johnnie To (ELECTION, EXILED, BREAKING NEWS). It’s To’s task must wrap things up and bring it to a close.
Tsui throws down the gauntlet in the opening act, introducing a trio of down-on-their-luck friends considering pulling a heist for some much-needed cash. One of the trio, played by Louis Koo, is also doing double duty, pulling thefts for a triad gang while selling information to a hard-assed cop. The second member of the group (Simon Yam) is being cuckolded by the cop Koo is snitching to, and the cop, both clever and ruthless, is leaning on Koo to take Yam along on a job so the police can swoop in, catch Yam in the act, and clear the path to Yam’s wife. Got that? TRIANGLE is a clever, densely plotted affair that sees Tsui, Lam and To pushing themselves and each other as hard as they can and it’s a rush to see each of the trio rise to the challenge in their own unique style.