Triads: The Inside Story

Triads: The Inside Story

Film poster
Traditional 我在黑社會的日子
Simplified 我在黑社会的日子
Mandarin Wǒ Zài Hēi Shè Huì De Rì Zi
Cantonese Ngo5 Zoi6 Hak1 Se2 Weoi5 Dik1 Jat6 Zi2
Directed by Taylor Wong
Produced by Richard Cheung
Screenplay by Nam Yin
Story by Ko Chun-wai
Starring Chow Yun-fat
Roy Cheung
Michael Chan
Shing Fui-On
Music by Lo Tayu
Richard Lo
Cinematography Herman Yau
Edited by A Chik
Ma Chung-yiu
Distributed by Cinema City
Release dates
4 August 1989 (1989-08-04)
Running time
106 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$14,038,799

Triads: The Inside Story is a 1989 Hong Kong crime drama film directed by Taylor Wong and starring Chow Yun-fat and Roy Cheung.


Lee Man-ho (Chow Yun-fat) is the son of Uncle Kwan (Tien Feng), the leader of the Hung Hing Gang. Ho was sent to the United States during his childhood to live a stable life there and has now established a family there. One time during a gang fight, Kwan was ambushed and killed and Ho returns to Hong Kong for his father's funeral and there, he was also elected to be his father's successor as the leader of the Hung Hing Gang. Ho knew little to the culture of the underworld, and Yeung Kong (Roy Cheung), often criticized Ho about this. Also, Kong did not get along with Tse Shing (Michael Chan), and they got into a fight during the banquet. Because of Ho, they chose to maintain the harmony of the gang. And then, all members of Hung Hing Gang were glad and loyal to Ho, because Ho was always kind to them.

Later during a fight, the members of the Hung Hing gang captured Coffin Rope (Lung Ming-yan), the head of rival triad. Ho originally wanted to kill him, but due to his lenient personality, he only shaved off his eyebrows. This gave the chance for Coffin to counterattack. First, he colludes with Boss Chow (Pau Hon-lam) and then using Kong and Shing's rivalry, he first killed Shing's family and frames Kong, worsening the relationship within the Hung Hing gang and finally, he put cocaine in Kong's car and informs the police. Ho decided to save Kong, and finally solved the rival triad. However, the police came, and arrested Kong. Kong commented to Ho, "You are a kind leader, but not a good triad member."

Finally, Hung Hing Gang was destroyed accidentally by Ho......


Theme song



Mike Fury of Hong Kong Cinemagic gave the film a positive review praising the story being "far more dramatic and character driven rather than being reliant on overuse of action" and containing "a large number of references and cultural and historical traditions of the society, which was in fact quite rare for a film at this time" which stands out among other films in the same genre. Fury also praised the performances of Chow Yun-fat, Shing Fui-On, Michael Chan and Roy Cheung and praises director Taylor Wong for using "a very simplistic and disconnected method of direction, which, at times, gives the film an almost documentary feel in which the camera simply rolls while men are talking in a room and the audience is virtually eavesdropping."[1]

Box office

The film grossed HK$14,038,799 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 4 to 18 August 1989 in Hong Kong.


Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
9th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song Song: Shifting Sand Revolving in the Air (飛砂風中轉)

Composer: Lo Tayu
Lyricist: Richard Lam
Singer: Chow Yun-fat


See also


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