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Trivisa (2016) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Jordan Chan (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Johnnie To (Producer)
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Trivisa (2016) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Produced by Johnnie To and Yau Nai Hoi, the gritty Milkyway thriller Trivisa stars Richie Jen, Gordon Lam and Jordan Chan as notorious criminals facing crossroads in their lives and livelihoods on the eve of Hong Kong's Handover back to China in 1997. New directors Frank Hui, Vicky Wong and Jevons Au are each responsible for one actor's portion in the tense collision course of three thieves of different feathers, all of whom are inspired by infamous real-life mobsters that topped Hong Kong's most wanted list. Like with the Election series, Trivisa is more than just a crime thriller: the film's characters and choices reflect on the Hong Kong mentality and feelings of insecurity, frustration, anger and helplessness as the Handover looms ahead. Trivisa swept Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Actor for Gordon Lam at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Known for brazen armed robberies and police shootouts in broad daylight, Yip Kwok Foon (Richie Jen) decides to hang up his boots and seek his fortunes in the profitable trade of cross-border electronics smuggling. Though the money is good, he has to constantly wine, dine and kowtow to corrupt Chinese officials to get things done, a process that eats away at his pride. The cautious and meticulous Kwai Ching Hung (Gordon Lam) has pulled off numerous small-scale heists in his time, but he's managed to stay off the police radar by using pseudonyms and maintaining a low profile. The flashy and lavish Cheuk Tse Keung (Jordan Chan) makes his money through abducting and extorting tycoons, and he lives it up accordingly in the loudest and flashiest of ways. These three kings of thieves have nothing to do with each other, but rumors begin to spread in the underworld that they're planning to join forces to pull off something big before the Handover.

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Product Title: Trivisa (2016) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 樹大招風 (2016) (VCD) (香港版) 树大招风 (2016) (VCD) (香港版) 樹大招風 (2016) (VCD) (香港版) Trivisa (2016) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jordan Chan (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Ngok Wah (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) 陳小春 (Actor) | 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 尹揚明 (Actor) | 歐 錦棠 (Actor) | 岳華 (Actor) | 黃光亮 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) 陈小春 (Actor) | 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 尹扬明 (Actor) | 欧 锦棠 (Actor) | 岳华 (Actor) | 黄光亮 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) 陳小春 (ジョーダン・チャン) (Actor) | 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | 尹揚明(ビンセント・ワン) (Actor) | 欧錦棠(オー・カムトン) (Actor) | 岳華(ンゴッ・ワー) (Actor) | 黄光亮(トミー・ウォン) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 林雪(ラム・シュー) (Actor) Jordan Chan (Actor) | Richie Jen (Actor) | 임가동 (Actor) | Wan Yeung Ming (Actor) | Stephen Au (Actor) | Ngok Wah (Actor) | Tommy Wong (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor)
Director: Frank Hui | Jevons Au | Vicky Wong 許 學文 | 歐 文傑 | 黃偉傑 许 学文 | 欧 文杰 | 黄伟杰 Frank Hui | Jevons Au | Vicky Wong Frank Hui | Jevons Au | Vicky Wong
Producer: Johnnie To | Yau Nai Hoi 杜琪峰 | 游乃海 杜琪峰 | 游乃海 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | 游乃海(ヤウ・ナイホイ) Johnnie To | Yau Nai Hoi
Release Date: 2016-06-24
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050569518

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Everything Happens for a Reason.

“Kings of Thieves” Cheuk Chi Keung, Yi Kwok Foon and Kwai Ching Hung never know another even though they share the same notoriety in the underworld. But unbeknownst to them, their random presence at a restaurant in China at the same time in early 1997 is destined to change their fate forever.

In his own unique way, each of these “Kings of Thieves” is at a crossroads in his crime career on the cusp of Hong Kong’s Handover to China. When they hear in the grapevine that the three of them are planning a big heist together to leave their mark in the crime Hall of Fame, they decide to take a stab at it ultimately.
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Professional Review of "Trivisa (2016) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

July 4, 2016

This professional review refers to Trivisa (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Trivisa hits the Hong Kong Cinema sweet spot like few recent films have. Produced by Johnnie To and Yau Nai-Hoi, and helmed by three young directors from the Milkyway Image stable, Trivisa resembles To's Life without Principle with its fusion of Hong Kong socio-political commentary and crime thriller tropes – though straight genre junkies will probably like it more. Taking place in 1997, the film follows three notorious robbers, each based on real Hong Kong criminals, who try to change due to the impending Handover only to meet semi-ironic fates. There's an obvious metaphor present for Hong Kongers who faced the Handover, or those currently feeling unease with the mainland-Hong Kong divide, and there may even be a nifty parallel to Hong Kong filmmaking. After years of unchecked prosperity, Hong Kong Cinema's decline and the shift to the China market have forced local filmmakers to compromise or quit – very similar to the choices faced by Trivisa's protagonists. One could liken certain industry figures to robbers too, given the stuff they've tried to pull. A ninety-minute movie split onto two laserdiscs – who remembers that? But I digress.

Trivisa consists of three story strands, each following a different protagonist and helmed by a different director. Jevons Au (one of the filmmakers behind the award-winning Ten Years) directs the thread focusing on Yip Kwok-Foon (Richie Ren), an AK-47-wielding badass who's notorious for splashy, violent robberies. Seeing the writing on the wall (lowered payouts, mainland interference), Yip and his gang switch to electronics smuggling, but have a hard time adjusting to the lack of action, not to mention the need to kowtow to arrogant mainlanders. Before long, Yip's anger at being a "little man" in this brave new criminal world reaches a boiling point. Meanwhile, director Frank Hui follows Kwai Ching-Hung (Gordon Lam), a thief who stays under the radar by performing smaller robberies, and whose obsessive attention to detail hints at his psychopathy. Hung temporarily resides with former criminal colleague Fai (Keung Ho-Man), who's now gone straight and has a family. However, unbeknownst to Fai, Hung is casing a nearby jewelry store and has already hired a couple of mainlanders as henchmen.

Finally, director Vicky Wong handles the story of Cheuk Tze-Keung (Jordan Chan), a flamboyant criminal who kidnaps high-profile targets and ransoms them for millions. Cheuk is looking for a bigger score that'll trump his previous exploits, and mainland jobs don't stir his juices. However, there's an underworld rumor going around that Yip, Cheuk and Kwai were seen together, and are currently planning a major score. The source of the rumor is initially unknown, and while Kwai and Yip seem cool to the idea, Cheuk is convinced that this is the grand score that he's looking for. While Cheuk tries to contact both Yip and Kwai, their respective situations begin to decay. Yip encounters more problems with his smuggling business and begins to long for the power he once felt with an AK-47 in his hands. Kwai's discontent is more subtle, as his exacting plans are stymied and he gradually finds himself in an uncomfortable place with his comrades and profession. As time passes and the men's patience erodes, Cheuk Tze-Keung's dream criminal team-up looks to become a stronger reality.

Though each of Trivisa's narrative threads is about a man facing a turning point, the stories themselves are quite different. The Yip Kwok-Foon strand features the most active story and fully-realized character arc, about a man who finds himself stifled by change, and Richie Ren smolders in the role. The story of Kwai Ching-Hung is more of a cerebral character portrait, with strong atmosphere and psychological nuance that begets compelling suspense. The acting may be the best here; Gordon Lam is genuinely frightening as the could-be psychopathic Kwai, and Keung Ho-Man offers another one of his excellent supporting turns as Kwai's former comrade-in-arms. The Cheuk Tze-Keung strand is funnier and more arch, and Jordan Chan's performance is entertainingly over-the-top to match. However, Cheuk's story functions more as a means of bringing together the three robbers, and doesn't achieve any narrative or character depth. Unlike with Kwai or Yip, we never really see into Cheuk's psyche and he remains only an amusing, occasionally threatening cartoon.

Still, the combination of all three narratives smooths over the faults of Cheuk's storyline, and the final work serves as a textbook representation of the Milkyway Image house style. Storytelling is exacting and predominantly visual; the characters are built through acting and action rather than dialogue or exposition. Irony is abundant in the film's overarching narrative as well in smaller, humorously absurd moments. Also, the story makes effective use of the 1997 Hong Kong Handover. Trivisa opens and closes with overt references to the event, and while the film doesn't comment remarkably on it (current non-mainland commentary on the Handover is largely predictable in its opinion), it works superbly as a narrative framework for its examination of men facing rapid, uncomfortable change. Action is on the light side, however, and the film lacks a large climax that sees the characters working together – which isn't a real fault, though it's reasonable that some audiences might see it as one given the film's driving storyline. So be forewarned: If you expect Trivisa to be a Milkyway Image film with a big blowout finale, please don't.

Trivisa also doesn't offer a very strong message. Given how events play out, it seems the characters are damned if they do and damned if they don't – a reading that's reasonable thematically but also well-worn and expected in this era of rising PRC negativity. Those looking for a film to say something new and surprising won't find it here, but in nearly every other way Trivisa is a stellar Hong Kong film. It's relatively early and its competition isn't great, but the film is thus far one of the year's best and a sterling flag bearer for the future of the Milkyway Image brand. Trivisa carries on the tradition of the Hong Kong crime film and offers hope that producer Yau Nai-Hoi and directors Frank Hui, Jevons Au and Vicky Wong can keep the company's genre film legacy intact even if Messrs. Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai tire of guys with guns and decide to make romantic comedies exclusively. Whether or not that actually happens, fanboys should fear not – Milkyway Image seems to be in good hands.

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