Three (2016 film)

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Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 三人行
Simplified Chinese 三人行
Directed by Johnnie To
Screenplay byYau Nai-hoi
Lau Ho-leung
Mak Tin-shu
Produced byJohnnie To
Yau Nai-hoi
Starring Zhao Wei
Louis Koo
Wallace Chung
Cinematography Cheng Siu-Keung
Edited byDavid Richardson
Music byXavier Jamaux
Media Asia Films
iQiyi Motion Pictures
Impact Media Company
Beijing Baidu Netcom Science Technology
Shanghai Gewa Business Information Consulting
Wuxi Soulpower Culture Media
Media Asia Distributions (Beijing)
China Film Media Asia Video Distribution
Milkyway Image
Distributed byMedia Asia Distributions
Media Asia Film Distribution (Beijing) (China)
Iqiyi Pictures (China) [1]
Release dates
  • 24 June 2016 (2016-06-24)(China)
  • 14 July 2016 (2016-07-14)(Hong Kong)
[2] [3]
Running time
98 minutes
CountriesHong Kong
Languages Cantonese
Budget¥40 million RMB
Box office¥100.4 million RMB (China)

Three is a 2016 Hong Kong–Chinese action film produced and directed by Johnnie To and starring Zhao Wei, Louis Koo and Wallace Chung. The film was released on 24 June 2016 in China and 30 June 2016 in Hong Kong, while it is also the closing film of the 2016 Taipei Film Festival on 10 July 2016. [3]



Shun (Wallace Chung), a thug, is shot in the head by a cop due to miscommunication during an interrogation and is taken to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human rights to refuse surgery to remove the bullet inside his head in order to bide time for his underlings to rescue him. The detective (Louis Koo) in charge sees through Shun's scheme but decides to play along so as to capture his whole gang once and for all.



Production for Three began in Guangzhou in March 2015 [4] wrapped up on 24 July of the same year. The film was mainly shot in a hospital that was built by the props team. [5]


The film has grossed ¥100.41 million RMB in China. [1] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 91% "fresh" rating based on 23 reviews. [6] Metacritic reports a 71 out of 100 rating based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [7]

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
53rd Golden Horse Awards Best Director Johnnie To Nominated
Best Original Film ScoreXavier JamauxNominated
19th Shanghai International Film Festival
China Movie Channel Media Award
Best Actor Wallace Chung Won
8th Big Ben Awards - Golden Unicorn AwardBest Actress Zhao Wei Won
12th Asian Film Awards Best ComposerXavier JamauxNominated
36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Johnnie To Nominated
Best CinematographySiu-Keung Cheng
Hung-Mo To
13th Guangzhou Student Film FestivalMost Popular DirectorJohnnie ToWon
Most Popular ActorWallace ChungWon

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