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Triad (2012/Well Go USA DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C- Film: C

The 1990s were the glory days for the Hong Kong Triads, an underground order that has stood the test of time, stemming from an offshoot of the Shaolin Monks that fought as a resistance to overturn the government during the turn of the century. These gangs ruled the Hong Kong night for decades, through controlling prostitution, drug trades and illegal gambling.

It was during the '90s when their lifestyle came under threat as the Hong Kong handover to China drew near... Daniel Yee Heng Chan's Triad (2012) is the story based on real events of a college graduate who chose a life of crime over a future of boundless potential to push the Triads through the tough times during the '90s into the new millennium.

The film isn't terrible by any stretch and features some decent performances and production value. As expected, the film showcases a cast of young up and coming talent as the rising gangsters, headlined by Sun Boyz singer William Chan (Overheard) and including Derek Tsang (The Thieves), Deep Ng (The Viral Factor) and Michelle Wai (Lives in Flames), plus veterans Patrick Tam (The Detective 2) and Irene Wan (Exodus).

While Triad may be open to accusations of a lack of originality, it succeeds in serving up the kind of action and hard-boiled fun which fans of the genre haven't seen for some time. Director Chan does a great job in recalling the wild heyday of the Hong Kong gang film, and on this modest score and a decent watch if you dig these sort of films.

The picture and sound are fine for this DVD release - presented in anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio (shot with a RED Epic HD camera) and a lossy Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Subtitles on the disc are in English and Spanish.

Extras are lacking with only a Making Of and a Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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