Online now is a trailer for Triad, a new Chinese movie that takes an in-depth look at the Hong Kong Triad. As of late, Chinese moviemakers have shied away from exploring modern organized crime in China and Hong Kong so as to not run afoul of censorship. Perhaps it won’t come as a surprise, then, that Triad is set in pre-1997 handover Hong Kong.
The story follows a college-educated young man (played by William Chan) who decides to give up the straight and narrow for a life in the Triads. He very quickly ascends the ranks, even as he offends his elders by operating extra-circular businesses. But his entire house of cards might come toppling down when he realizes someone close has betrayed him.
Hop on over to Far East Films to check out the trailer. The film appears to have a slightly low-budget aura but, who knows, this might be the throwback to old-school Hong Kong gangster movies we’ve been waiting for. At the very least, the movie is carrying a Category III rating – likely for violence and the fact that it takes a close look at Triad initiations.
Triad is directed by Daniel Chan, who reveals on his production blog that this is the first real gangster movie made in Hong Kong since 2007. Expect Triad in Mainland Chinese theaters on November 15th, 2012.
Update: Far East Films has the second trailer for the film.