Monday, January 4, 2010

01-04-10: Johnnie To's Election

ELECTION (Hak se wui) (2005) ****

D: Johnnie To  S: Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka Fai.

This is an action-packed Triad film but not with the type of action you'd expect.   There are flourishes of violence here and there but all the action comes from the drama.

A Hong Kong Triad is about to elect a new chairman, one is well respected and the other is a hot-headed loose cannon.  When the latter believes he will lose the election he takes matters into his hands, actions that could start a full out Triad war between the factions.

The film delves deep into honor, loyalty, respect and betrayal.  It's a fascinating look inside the Triads and how law enforcements deals with them. 

The moments of violence are unexpected, not over-the-top and feel very real.

It's well acted and is one of To's best films.

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