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Triad (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version) DVD Region 3

William Chan (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Irene Wan (Actor)
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It's time for a new generation to take over the streets of Hong Kong with Triad! From the producer of recent local hits like Lan Kwai Fong and Girl$ comes this gritty and violent look into the triad world of the 21st century. Shedding his clean pop star look, William Chan (Overheard) stars as an ambitious young man who goes from a life of poverty to rising star in the triads. Inspired by classic hoodlum films like Mean Streets and Hong Kong's own As Tears Go By, writer-director Daniel Chan (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded) paints a dangerous world in which money and power are the only true assets. In addition to Chan, Triad also features a mix of talented young stars like Derek Tsang (The Thieves) and Michelle Wai (Lives in Flames) and respected veteran actors like Patrick Tam (The Detective 2) and Irene Wan (Exodus).

After an attack on his mother is averted by the righteous boss Patrick (Patrick Tam), impoverished young man William (William Chan) decides to join the triad to protect his family. Joined by his friends Edward (Edward Tsui) and Derek (Derek Tsang), the trio fights their way up the ranks of the triad with Patrick's guidance. However, their success is resented by fellow triad elder Ming, his wife Irene (Irene Wan) and their trusted right-hand man Kin (Deep Ng). When the time arrives to elect a new leader for the triad, William realizes that he must run to protect his and his friends' business interests – even if it may lead to an all-out war against Kin.

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Product Title: Triad (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version) 紮職 (2012) (DVD) (泰國版) 扎职 (2012) (DVD) (泰国版) 紮職 (2012) (DVD) (タイ版) Triad (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version)
Artist Name(s): William Chan (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | Patrick Tam Yiu Man (Actor) | Irene Wan (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Parkman Wong (Actor) | Suet Lei (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Carl Ng (Actor) | Edward Chui (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor) 陳 偉霆 (Actor) | 詩雅 (Actor) | 譚耀文 (Actor) | 溫碧霞 (Actor) | 曾國祥 (Actor) | 盧海鵬 (Actor) | 陳惠敏 (Actor) | 黃柏文 (Actor) | 雪梨 (Actor) | 吳浩康 (Actor) | 吳嘉龍 (Actor) | 徐偉棟 (Actor) | 湯怡 (Actor) | 陳家樂 (Actor) | 何 浩文 (Actor) 陈 伟霆 (Actor) | 诗雅 (Actor) | 谭耀文 (Actor) | 温碧霞 (Actor) | 曾国祥 (Actor) | 卢海鹏 (Actor) | 陈惠敏 (Actor) | 黄柏文 (Actor) | 雪梨 (Actor) | 吴浩康 (Actor) | 吴嘉龙 (Actor) | 徐伟栋 (Actor) | 汤怡 (Actor) | 陈家乐 (Actor) | 何 浩文 (Actor) 陳偉霆 (ウィリアム・チャン) (Actor) | 詩雅 (ミシェル・ワイ) (Actor) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) (Actor) | 温碧霞(アイリーン・ワン) (Actor) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) (Actor) | 廬海鵬(ロー・ホイパン) (Actor) | 陳惠敏(チャン・ワイマン) (Actor) | 黄柏文(パークマン・ウォン) (Actor) | 雪梨 (シドニー) (Actor) | 呉浩康(ディープ・ン) (Actor) | 呉嘉龍(カール・ン) (Actor) | Edward Chui (Actor) | 湯怡 (キャシー・トン) (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor) William Chan (Actor) | Michelle Wai (Actor) | 담 요문 (Actor) | Irene Wan (Actor) | Derek Tsang (Actor) | Lo Hoi Pang (Actor) | Chan Wai Man (Actor) | Parkman Wong (Actor) | Suet Lei (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Carl Ng (Actor) | Edward Chui (Actor) | Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) (Actor) | Carlos Chan (Actor) | Dominic Ho (Actor)
Director: Daniel Chan 陳 翊恆 陈 翊恒 Daniel Chan Daniel Chan
Producer: Ng Kin Hung 伍健雄 伍健雄 Ng Kin Hung Ng Kin Hung
Release Date: 2015-03-16
Language: Thai, Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: Thai
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Thai CD Online
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1038948618

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Professional Review of "Triad (2012) (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

February 15, 2013

This professional review refers to Triad (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
There's no denying that recent years have been lean times for fans of triad and Hong Kong gang action, though there's finally a splash of neon light at the end of the tunnel with the aptly named Triad. Appropriately for such a uniquely local and Hong Kong genre, the film was produced by the same team responsible for the Lan Kwai Fong duology and Girl$ and was written and directed by Daniel Chan, who also helmed Wong Jing's soon to be seen Young and Dangerous reboot. As expected, the film showcases a cast of young up and coming talent as the rising gangsters, headlined by Sun Boyz singer William Chan (Overheard) and including Derek Tsang (The Thieves), Deep Ng (The Viral Factor) and Michelle Wai (Lives in Flames), plus veterans Patrick Tam (The Detective 2) and Irene Wan (Exodus).

The plot charts the rise of young William (William Chan), a poor though decent lad who after local gang boss Patrick (Patrick Tam) saves his mother from a market place attack decides to join the triad to protect his family. Backed by Patrick, William and his friends Edward (Edward Tsui) and Derek (Derek Tsang) fight their way up the ladder, winning the respect of their fellows largely through their fists and willingness to take on difficult missions. Everything changes when a new leadership election approaches, with mob war threatening and William being pitted against gang elder Ming (Lam Lei), his wife Irene (Irene Wan), and their ruthless deputy Kin (Deep Ng).

Triad is certainly nothing if not old school, and performs exactly as expected, providing a new re-run of the time honoured genre plots, motifs and cliche, making very little attempt to reinvent or truly modernise the form. Daniel Chan borrows liberally from past hits, mixing various bits and pieces from the likes of Election, Young and Dangerous and others and crashing them together at breakneck speed, clearly trying to cover as many bases as possible. The air of familiarity extends to the characters as well, with a script that churns out the usual kind of anti-hero figures that have populated these films since day one, protagonist William having a development arc which basically translates to being tough and getting tougher.

Although it plays out in entirely predictable fashion, what the film lacks in creativity and substance, it more than makes up for in enthusiasm, and Daniel Chan shows a fine grasp of what many triad film fans have been missing over the last few years. There's a great deal of fun to be had here, and the film's dedication to the genre comes across as a respectful attempt to recreate the mood and energy of the past rather than as a half-hearted copy. The action certainly comes thick and fast, with plenty of impressive mass brawls and vicious choppings, and this ensures that the film fairly sprints along, even if its many set pieces do feel stitched together at times. Though anyone looking for the extreme violence or nastiness suggested by the category III certificate may be a little disappointed, the many (supposedly) authentic touches and scenes of triad rituals (handily highlighted by onscreen text) which won it the rating do make a difference, and gives a vague impression that Chan knew what he was talking about. His handling is equally assured, and very much in the finest genre style, making great use of the neon drenched back alleys of Hong Kong and giving the film a similarly convincing feel.

As a result, while it may be open to accusations of a lack of ambition or originality, the simple fact is that Triad succeeds in serving up the kind of action and hard-boiled fun which fans of the form haven't seen for some time. Daniel Chan does a great job in recalling the wild heyday of the Hong Kong gang film, and on this modest score, for those who care at least, it's hard to find much not to like.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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