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1,044 Ratings

Election

Hak se wui

Directed by Johnnie To
Hong Kong, 2005
Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Mandarin
  • English

Synopsis

Every two years senior members of Hong Kong’s oldest Triad, The Wo Shing Society, elect a new chairman. Fierce rivalries emerge between the two eligible candidates. Lok, respected by the Uncles is the favorite to win. His rival Big D will stop at nothing to beat him.

Our take

Hong Kong genre maestro Johnnie To (The Mission) stretched with richly rewarding ambition to make this gangster saga. Tracking the backroom politics (and bloodletting) of a gang’s leadership transition, it’s a gripping account of the inner workings and codes of honor of the city’s organized crime.

Election Directed by Johnnie To

Critics reviews

Compared with Sparrow (2008) or Life Without Principle (2011), Election is one of To’s more subdued films. Much of the action takes place under heavy shadow, and the director minimizes his use of balletic camera movement, for which he’s justly revered.
October 30, 2012
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