Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)
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Superstar action director Johnny To's Hong Kong gangster picture Triad Election (aka Election 2) revolves around Jimmy (Louis Koo), a second-tiered triad member vying aggressively for the position of godfather in the current election. He is restrained in his pursuits by the current mob boss, Lok (Simon Yam), who wants to hold on to his seat, despite the fact that his two years are up and he isn't officially eligible for reelection. This leads to a bloody, cutthroat, do-or-die battle of wills between the two men, carried out in some of the most astonishing set pieces ever constructed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The movieâ(TM)s most powerful component is political."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out
"Director To doesn't sacrifice substance to style. The over-the-top violent flourishes, more psychological than paint-the-screen-red literal, will burrow under your skin."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"The exposition is perfectly balanced with bloody action and muscular set-pieces."
‑ Justin Bowyer, Empire Magazine
"If you're willing to do the work, Triad Election pays you in tragedy."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"If Machiavelli's The Prince and Sun Tzu's The Art of War translate to other centuries and cultures, so might Election and Triad Election."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"This remains a well-crafted genre movie, and one that promises further developments in its final scene."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Whatever he lacks in narrative drive, To is still the master of style."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"If it is too stylistically modest to win converts among the multiplex crowd, the film surely rewards followers of the genre."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"... exhibit A in the case for the Hong Kong gangster film as the new genre standard."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[Director To's] talent for documentary-style realism and navigating complex political systems sets him apart, though his nationalism puts him squarely in the mainstream."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Dense, demanding concentration, lacking any romantic (but plenty of sordid) violence, extremely involving and rewarding of careful attention."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Drips with a thick, Stygian darkness, but also offers violence that's too explicit and willfully perverse to be thoughtfully disturbing. . . . a little too overwrought, too operatic after its regal predecessor."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"tackles big ideas like the preservation of tradition and the overall reach of destiny, but also slyly suggests that the Triad of the 21st Century has evolved into something like a giant corporation."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Shameless pulp it may be, but to watch it is to see a master craftsman continuing to refine his talent."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
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