Triads: The Inside Story

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  • NR
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 5.9  (304)

Triads: The Inside Story is a 1989 Hong Kong crime drama film directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Roy Cheung, and Fui-On Shing. The movie focuses on the underground world of the Hong Kong Triads and their struggle for power and control. The story revolves around the fierce rivalry between two triad factions - the Wo Sing Society and the Shing On Group. Roy Cheung plays the role of Lok, the leader of the Wo Sing Society who is determined to expand the reach of his organization. Chow Yun-Fat plays the role of Inspector Wong, a police officer tasked with taking down the triad bosses.

Fui-On Shing plays the role of Big D, a lieutenant in the Shing On Group who is fiercely loyal to his boss, Kwan. Lok and Kwan engage in a brutal power struggle, with each trying to assert dominance over the other.

The movie is set against the backdrop of Hong Kong's bustling streets and gritty neighborhoods, providing a realistic portrayal of the city's seedy underbelly. The film's intense and violent scenes are juxtaposed with moments of tenderness and vulnerability, making it a complex and multi-layered film.

One of the film's most memorable scenes features Chow Yun-Fat's character, Inspector Wong, as he hunts down a member of the Wo Sing Society. The scene is shot in one long take, following Wong as he chases the fleeing triad member through a busy market, across rooftops and through the streets, using all of his wits and ingenuity to catch the criminal.

The film is notable for its realistic portrayal of the Hong Kong triad culture, with many of the actors having real-life connections to the criminal underworld. Roy Cheung had previously served time in prison for his involvement with the triads, and Fui-On Shing was known for his association with the Sun Yee On triad.

The film's depiction of the inner workings of the triads, from their hierarchical structure to their brutal initiation rituals, provides fascinating insight into this secretive and dangerous world.

Overall, Triads: The Inside Story is a gripping and intense crime drama that offers a rare glimpse into the violent and complex world of the Hong Kong triads. With strong performances from its talented cast, including a standout turn from Chow Yun-Fat, it's a must-see for fans of the crime genre.

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    5.9  (304)