Election (Hak se wui)
Election (Hak se wui) (2005)

A crime family flirts with democracy, leading to a fierce gangland battle in this stylish crime drama from Hong Kong director Johnnie To. With over 50,000 members, the Wo Shing Society is one of the largest and most powerful Triads in Hong… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film's main drive involves plotting and scheming rather than outright violence, though -- unlike the sequel -- the basic good guy-bad guy conflict is pretty standard.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Election feels routine at times, though less formulaic than other genre exercises from Hong Kong. The depiction of crime customs is sociologically detailed.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Ultimately, Election and Triad Election -- which benefit from being seen back to back -- play like a mature reevaluation of [Johnnie] To's long-standing talent for splashy, eye-popping violence.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

Some real genius and understated power . . . transcends its genre and turns the venally criminal into the profoundly human.

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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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

Reveals [director] To as a master of lean, close-quarters action.

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Don Willmott

has more hits than misses

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The time has come for a Triad organisation to elect a new chairman, but the losing contender rejects the outcome and threatens to break away and form a new… More
JY Skacto
Being a Johnnie To fan, I expect nothing but great films from him. Honestly, this is a disappointing film from Mr. To, but it is safe to say that even low… More
Stella Dallas
a really interesting look inside the hong kong triads
Sarah Gaish
Election tells the story of how a Triad Society in Hong Kong chooses their new leader, or Chairman. Up for the job are Lok (Simon Yam), a seemingly… More
Khris N
Totally and unbelievably excellent!!<br/><br/>This is really the only movie that could stand up to THE GODFATHER as a true gangster movie. Its… More
Dean McKenna
Absolutely powerful tale of Hong Kong's largest and oldest criminal triad between the vengeance and betrayal.