Hey folks, Valkor here. When the clock ticking, I'm really doing my best to get out that TOV revamp – it's a definite game changer. And while I'm here in MediaView, please keep an eye out for TOV 15 for Halloween. I've got 15 fresh new horrors that will either scare the pants off me or cause me to toss the damn disc out the window… possibly beheading some bird along the way. Naaahh I'm just kidding about the bird… It'll probably be a squirrel anyway. Moving along, next in the slate of films we have another treat from Hong Kong, which by the box I thought would be a heavy action film. Well unfortunately it wasn't, but you know what? It wasn't all that bad. Take a look at "Triple Tap" aka "Cheung Wong Chi Wong", directed by Derek Yee.
Triple Tap revolves around Ken Kwan (Louis Koo), sharpshooter champion, who while driving home from winning a recent shoot competition, stumbles upon a robbery. Ken intercedes as an officer arrives on the scene, however the cop is shot, so Ken takes matters into his own hands killing all the robbers but one. When other officers arrive, including Lt. Jerry Chang (Daniel Wu), whom I should note was just in the same competition with Ken. Ken is arrested. In everyone's eyes Ken is a hero, because the officer survived his injuries, though still in a coma. But the law is the law and Ken should not have taken the lives of the robbers, he's not supposed to have used a competition gun at all. Thankfully a jury finds him "Not Guilty" and Ken is set free. But the story isn't over yet. Ken is attacked by the robber that got away and now Jerry feels he may have missed something, that there's more to this tale than just a simple robbery gone wrong. And what happens after will put the spotlight back on Ken, and pit the two in a game of cat and mouse.
I initially thought I'd be watching an action film, when I popped Triple Tap into ye old DVD player. Imagine my surprise when I found out it wasn't. To put things into perspective, Triple Tap is like a lighter version of Death Note, where you have two forces going head to head… minus the demons. Not a serious psycholigical thriller, but a thriller nonetheless. Are you ready?
For a thriller of a film, I was quite impressed with the enveloping story of Triple Tap. It's the kind of film that grabs you right away and holds you until it's all over. The plot has some serious twist and turns and of course the big reveal at the end that floored me. The pacing is brisk, which is great because the film is just under two hours long. But you'll be too busy… sitting on the edge of your seat to care about the time. The acting is prime stuff with "Shinjuku Incident" Daniel Wu, being the most interesting; a cop trying his best to get his man? It was like he was born for the role. Loved him in Shinjuku and he's won me over in Triple Tap. But I can't dismiss Louis Koo off; dude is a wonderful actor and plays his character well. Not much action, but there's just enough to make things interesting. Overall, Triple Tap works and it works great.
The love triangle that Ken has between Charlene Choi's Ting and Bing Bing Li's character – not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm trying to find a place for it in this film. Ken's love of these women does nothing for the overall story, but to show that he's a bit of a horndog – the kind of guy who wants his cake and to eat it too. Heh in the end he gets neither. Ah well.
Triple Tap is a winner in my book for having an engaging story with wonderful actors to help move the things along. Head to your local import shop, or get online and order this bad boy up. Are you ready? Out of TOV 5 stars, I give Triple Tap 4 stars and it's been Valkor Tested, TOV Approved!