樹大招風 (Trivisa) (Blu-ray release 2016-6-24) is a mostly fictional drama about the three biggest real thieves in the history of Hong Kong.  One tried to leave criminal life and do business in China with no success.  Another is used to abduct rich people for huge ransom, and plans the next big thing.  The final one is ruthless, keeps a low profile, and exercises much caution in his life.

The movie is unconventional because ultimately it is not really about the thieves.  It actually is a social commentary.  It has the most vivid illustration of the prevalence of corruption in China that I’ve ever seen.  It also explains why robberies are not as profitable as ordinary people may think.  I can see why critics like it, but I’d prefer a more conventional treatment with big jobs.  It is too anticlimactic for me.

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