The triad genre is one of the most popular of Hong Kong movies. They depict action-packed stories of underground organizations, the struggles between gangsters and cops, highblown narratives of betrayal, justice, glory and modern-day chivalry. My favorites include A Better Tomorrow and City on Fire, both starring Chow Yun Fat, as well as Infernal Affairs, which features Andy Lau and Tony Leung. InfernalAffairs, in fact, is being remade by Martin Scorcese into The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. In a case of life imitating art, the BBC's Sarah Passmore reports on the Hong Kong film industry and its real-life connections with triads. Apparently, actual triad organizations would often intimidate and extort directors, actors and movie companies during the heyday of these pictures in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As the industry experienced a downturn in the late 1990s, the triads seemed to lose interest as well. Passmore looks at the extent to which connections remain between the Chinese movie industry and the gangster world of the triads.
categories Cinematical