Election

Directed by Johnnie To

Year: 2005
Running Time: 100
Color Type: Color
Country: Hong Kong
Language: cantonese [audio]
Genres: World Cinema

Election

Cast
Tony Leung

Crew
Directed by Johnnie To


Every two years the senior members of the Wo Shing Triad, the oldest gang in Hong Kong, elect an up-and-coming younger boss as their chairman. The two candidates they are voting on couldnt be farther apart in personality; Lok (Simon Yam) is a levelheaded businessman and Big D (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) is a loud, obnoxious, violent criminal. When the voting does not go how some people would have liked, lines are divided and a gang war begins to form.

Reviews

"Perched somewhere between "The Sopranos," "Dilbert," and a union meeting gone horribly wrong, "Election" and "Triad Election" are gangster movies in which the war of personalities spills blood onto the streets. Directed by the veteran Hong Kong action stylist Johnnie To, they're essential for fans of the genre: moody, brooding dramas about men getting what they want while (sometimes) getting what they deserve." Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

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