Triangle is hard to explain -- you could call it the Hong Kong action equivalent of Grindhouse -- but it's three directors, not two, and it's all one story, not two separate ones. Directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnny To, Triangle is about three friends -- antiques seller Mok (Sun Long Hei), young ne'er-do-well Fai (Louis Koo) and tightly-wound realtor Sam (Simon Yan) who, one night at their local bar, are offered a unique opportunity by a stranger who overhears their discussions of money problems. Help me, he says, and you won't have any problems anymore ... and then he gives them a single antique gold coin, with the implied promise of more. Triangle doesn't open quite that cleanly, though, and it doesn't stay simple; it's a snake's nest of debts, crimes, secrets and duplicity that moves like a rocket, and any fan of Hong Kong Action will adore it.

Hark, Lam and To have all made great Hong Kong action films -- movies that have more spirit than most Hollywood action flicks, and on a far lower budget. And Triangle may feel scattered -- there's a lot of plot points and ideas that fall by the wayside, and some of the characterization is a bit sketchy -- but it never feels schizophrenic. Hark, Lam and To each directed a separate third of the film, each working with a separate set of writers -- but while a connoisseur would probably point out sequences and moments that are very To or Lam-style or Hark-sian, the movie for the most part feels like a coherent whole.
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