Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)
Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
96%
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User Score
81%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Taking its cues from the Godfather series, Triad Election understands how a giddy mix of thrills and gunplay can make for compelling cinema.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out

The movieâ(TM)s most powerful component is political.

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Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

This remains a well-crafted genre movie, and one that promises further developments in its final scene.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Whatever he lacks in narrative drive, To is still the master of style.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

[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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Dense, demanding concentration, lacking any romantic (but plenty of sordid) violence, extremely involving and rewarding of careful attention.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.


Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Two years have past and it is time for the next election and many of the Triad "uncles" want entrepreneur Jimmy to take over, but Lok is unwilling to… More
El Hombre Invisible
It's no surprise that director Johnny To is a fan of Francis Ford Coppola, but the influence is used wisely in the sequel to Election about an underground… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Vastly superior to the first one, more focused, a better script and just more straight to the point. People are executing others, or discussing how they are… More
JY Skacto
I've heard and read a lot about how the original <i>Election</i> and this film are a couple of Johnny To's best works. I don't think… More
Stella Dallas
hardcore sequel to johnny to's election, even more brutal and bloody and every bit as badass. the heir apparent to john woo and hk gangster classics,… More
Adam Mahler
the first one had strategizing, this one has suspense; it's shot like a Hitchcock movie with gangsters, the violence like the characters' bad dreams