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Election (2005)
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Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

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Ka Tung Lam ...
Kun (as Lam Ka Tung)
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Mr. So (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Suet Lam ...
Big Head (as Lam Suet)
Tian-Lin Wang ...
Uncle Teng Wai (as Wong Tin Lam)
Bing-Man Tam ...
Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
Maggie Siu ...
Mrs. Big D (as Maggie Shiu)
David Chiang ...
Chief Superintendent Hui
Yong You ...
China Police Captain (as Yao Yung)
Chung Wang ...
Whistle (as Wong Chung)
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Uncle Monk (as Chan Siu Pang)
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Tally (as Paul Ng)
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Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 October 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$439,874 (Hong Kong) (28 October 2005)

Gross:

$2,023,907 (Hong Kong) (18 November 2005)
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The porcelain spoon eating scene was based on Suet Lam's real life experience in triads. See more »

Quotes

Big D: [to Lok] Don't talk to me until you have the baton!
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FOREVER SMILE
Performed by Chow Hsuan
Music/Lyrics by Chen Ge Xin
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Hong Kong/EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
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A good crime drama well worth watching if only to set up the superb sequel
3 December 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Despite a tight narrative, Johnnie To's Election feels at times like it was once a longer picture, with many characters and plot strands abandoned or ultimately unresolved. Some of these are dealt with in the truly excellent and far superior sequel, Election 2: Harmony is a Virtue, but it's still a dependably enthralling thriller about a contested Triad election that bypasses the usual shootouts and explosions (though not the violence) in favour of constantly shifting alliances that can turn in the time it takes to make a phone call. It's also a film where the most ruthless character isn't always the most threatening one, as the chilling ending makes only too clear: one can imagine a lifetime of psychological counselling being necessary for all the trauma that one inflicts on one unfortunate bystander.

Simon Yam, all too often a variable actor but always at his best under To's direction, has possibly never been better in the lead, not least because Tony Leung's much more extrovert performance makes his stillness more the powerful.


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