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Cherry Pop

(Simon Yam, et al / DVD / R / (2007) 2009 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Overview: A group of tight-knit friends, down on their luck and desperate for cash, embark on the adventure of a lifetime in the tense and comedic crime caper TRIANGLE. The unique film is comprised of three independently filmed and produced sections, created by Hong Kong cinema masters Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, each famous for his distinctive style.

DVD Verdict: Hong Kong's elite of directors, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, gather in this work to create a joint production. What's so special about this movie is that the three directors didn't work on the movie at the same time, but that every one of them took over one part of the film, while the next director started off where the former left.

Which is kinda where the problems begin, as the different visions of a movie don't add up to a convincing whole. Which leads to the fact that "Triangle" is actually quite inconsistent. Some of the characters change their behavior in such a radical way, that you might think you are sitting in a completely different movie all of a sudden.

That brings us to the question: Is "Triangle" a cinematic disappointment? It depends. For all those who expected a real masterpiece, this may be the case, but for everyone else "Triangle" proves to be a stylish movie from three of the greatest directors out there, who manage to deliver one of the most entertaining movies coming out of Hong Kong for years.

And so, and come the end, because of its inconsistency, "Triangle" just has to come as a strange viewing experience. The directors' work falls short of the concept that stood behind the film, since they didn't work as a team. Despite all that, "Triangle" is still a well done movie, that can score with great cinematography, a good thrilling atmosphere and some nice action sequences. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.