How real and how strong are the chinese triads in Hong Kong?
Since years, I have a chinese movie on DVD with Sibelle Hu. The english title is "Ultra Force 2" and it is about the triads in Hong Kong. I wish I would have more movies with Sibelle Hu, she is a great actor.
Anyway, I wonder if this movie is showing real stuff. I mean, is the chinese police really using Gong Fu to battle the triads? Are there really big shootouts between the police and the triads in Hong Kong? How real are the triads anyway? Are they more kind of a movie myth or really a threat to Hong Kong security? You know, in Europe the italian Mafia has been mostly made in movies but it sais in real life, they control every part of Italy in the background. I wonder if the situation in Hong Kong with the triads is quite the same, or if it has been way overpublicised by the movies. A chinese even told me, that Chow Yun-Fat has once dealt with the triads and that the triads even financed these kind of movies during the 80s and 90s. Is it true?