TRIANGLE: A 3-in-One Experiment
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? Some time ago, Hong Kong film-maker Tsui Hark came up with an interesting idea for a movie: How about doing a crime thriller and having it helmed separately by three famous directors, each putting his own stamp on his segment? For this, Tsui Hark called upon his buddies, Ringo Lam and Johnny To (from the old TVB days 30 years ago) and the result is "Triangle", a dark comic-thriller that fans of "Kill Bill" movies can relate to.
Of course, Tsui Hark throws in some plot complications for the two directors: Boo Sam's wife (Kelly Lin) is having an affair with a cop named Wen (Lam Ka-tung) and they are both stalking Boo Sam and his friends; and Fai may be in cahoots with Wen, or he may have been forced to do the cop's bidding. Whatever they are, the chief ingredients like greed, passion, adultery and betrayal are all in play.
The second segment, reportedly helmed by Ringo Lam, concentrates on the humour and action, including a crazy car ride and an offbeat unravelling of Wen's affair with Boo Sam's wife. However, instead of fleshing out the characters properly, Lam makes them even more enigmatic and complex. He also sets up a few twists in the plot for the third act.
Then it is up to Johnny To to wrap things up. However, if you are expecting him to tie up all the loose ends, you have another thing coming. To throws in a comedy of errors - mostly played out at a ramshackle seaside restaurant where all the characters congregate for the grand finale, including a wayside mechanic high on Ecstasy pills. Yes, in typical To fashion, bullets fly in the dark, the gold treasure gets passed from one to another, and the lights come on and off, all in a bewildering, surrealistic climax.