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.