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Triangle (2007/Magnolia/MagNet DVD)
Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: B+



Three drinking buddies Sam, Fai, and Mok are brought together by fate when they are looking for a way to get quick cash.  They are told by an old man there lies a treasures buried in a government building.  Chased by Triad Mafia members, a corrupt cop, and debt the three takes on the job, but soon their past come chasing after them, will their friendship hold out or will they end up killing each other before the night is out?


This is the set up for Triangle, a 2007 collaboration by directors Johnnie To (Election, PTU), Ringo Lam (Full Contact, The Victim) and Hark Tsui (Zu Warriors, Black Mask) and works very well.  They don’t trip over each other and focus on making the same movie.

This story is more like 3 tales put together, about 3 friends each one with their own troubles.  One has Triad Mafia troubles, another has debts, and another has complex relation with a corrupt cop, each one needs money to settle the matter.  When the treasure turns out to be real there is enough money to go around for everyone, but will greed or desperation be their ruin?  Friendship, trust and survival are tested as others learn of the fortune, will they have a chance to get away with the money or will it become a free for all?  Fate, chance and choice seem to blur as they come together as their stories become one, will their friendship hold or fall apart?
This is a great film to watch, filled with mysterious suspense and sudden twists, especially with the factors such as them being tailed by actual Triad Mafia members, a corrupt cop and a crazy wife.  The treasure keeps on changing hands as another comes onto the scene, and the 3 friend’s reasons for wanting the treasure change along with them.  As the story unfolds, it seems like fate or chance constantly brings them together time again, and when the chips are down are they able come together.  It is only then that they realize they had something when the treasure is lost, the final scene ends in a darkened field where a fire fight takes place... who ends up with the treasure is a surprise.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad as shot in anamorphic 35mm film using the Technovision lens system, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has some soundstage problems, but the combination is watchable.  Extras include behind the scenes footage, a making of featurette and trailers for other Magnolia titles.



-   Ricky Chiang


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