Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 10th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2010
Director: Tung-Shing Yee (Derek Yee)
Writers: Tin Nam Chun, Ho Leung Lau, Tung-Shing Yee
Cast: Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi, Bingbing Li, Alex Fong, Suet Lam, Chapman To
Approximate running time: 118 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese, DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: A champion marksman becomes the lead suspect in the police investigation involving a armored car.
Triple Tap was co-written and directed by Derek Lee, who’s other notable films as a director include The Lunatics, Full Throttle, Protégé and Shinjuku Incident. Key collaborators on Triple Tap include cinematographer Anthony Pun (Robin-B-Hood, Connected) and composer Peter Kam (Tokyo Raiders, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame).
Hong Kong cinema has come a long way, since its heyday during the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, when Heroic Bloodshed themed action films were the industries bread and butter. And just like any good thing, the well was bound to run dry, especially when you had Hollywood beckoning to all the key filmmakers responsible for the Heroic Bloodshed genre. And while it is human nature to long for how things used to be, change is inevitable, so embrace it. With that being said, with the past decade in Hong Kong action films like Invisible Target, Kill Zone and the Infernal Affairs trilogy being shining examples that Hong Kong action cinema is not dead yet.
So is Triple Tap, the film that is going to put Hong Kong action cinema back of the map, no, but then it does not need to be. Is it a step in the right direction, most definitely. And like the more recent action films to immerge from Hong Kong, Triple Tap finds a good balanced between the operatic action set pieces and more dramatic moments. After all, there are only so many ways one could stage a gun battle and in the end it is the characters which determine if any film sinks or swims.
There are no grey areas in this film, either a character is good or they are bad. And while this simplifies things somewhat, the film does add one interesting twist, the way in which it portrays the film’s main villain as a good person and the detective that is tracking his every move as the one who often crosses the line. This role reversal furthers enhances their game of cat and mouse.
Performance wise, the majority of the cast more then hold their own, with the only performance that just misses the mark being Daniel Wu (Legend of the Black Scorpion, The New Police Story) in the role of the aforementioned detective that is willing to do anything to get his man. The most surprising performance comes from Louis Koo (Robin-B-Hood, Connected) in the role of a man, who becomes the main suspect in a armored car heist. Other performances note include Charlene Choi (Kung Fu Dunk, Storm Warriors) and Bingbing Li (The Forbidden Kingdom, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) as Louis Koo’s characters two love interests, his girlfriend and his mistress. Ultimately Triple Tap is a fast paced action film that serves up a healthy serving of machismo and a satisfying side dish of melodrama.
Triple Tap comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Details look sharp throughout, colors and flesh tones look accurate and there are no problems with compression. Also contrast and black levels look consistently good throughout. In all this is a strong transfer that does a very good retaining this film’s intended look.
This release comes with four audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Cantonese, a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Cantonese, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English. You really can’t go wrong with any of these four audio options, with the two DTS-HD 5.1 mixes being the strongest audio mixes included with this release. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. It should be noted that this is a dialog heavy film and that the range wise during non action sequences things tend to be limited. On the flip side, during action sequences both of the DTS-HD 5.1 mixes take full advantage of the sound spectrum. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles that are easy to follow.
Extras for this release include a new trailer for the film (50 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), the film’s original trailer (1 minute 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), deleted scenes (6 minutes 51 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles) and interviews with actors Louis Koo, Daniel Wu and Chapman To, actresses Charlene Choi and Bingbing Li and director Derek Yee (57 minutes – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles). The deleted scenes add some more back-story, nothing that really adds to what is in the final cut. The interviews covered each participants role in this production, with the comments from director Derek Yee being the most interesting of the bunch. Also included with this release are trailer for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Triple Tap gets a first rate release from Well Go USA.
Note: Also included with this combo release is a DVD copy that has all the contents that are included on the BluRay counterpart.