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Hak se wui (2005)

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

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Lok
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Big D (as Tony Leung Ka Fai)
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Jimmy
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Jet
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Kun (as Lam Ka Tung)
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Mr. So (as Cheung Siu Fai)
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Big Head (as Lam Suet)
Tian-Lin Wang ...
Uncle Teng (as Wong Tin Lam)
Bing-Man Tam ...
Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
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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)
Shao-Peng Chen ...
Uncle Monk (as Chan Siu Pang)
Bun Yuen ...
Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
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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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20 October 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Election  »

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

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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Soundtracks

SONG FOR HEAVEN
Performed by Silver
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Music by Ta-Yu Lo
Arrangement: Barry Chung
Produced by Ta-Yu Lo
Recording & Mixing Studio: Tang Lou
O.P.. EMI Music Publishing (S.E. Asia Limited, Taiwan Branch)/Music Factory Publishing Ltd.
S.P.: EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong/Warner-Chappell Music Taiwan Ltd.
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Oddly uninvolving gangster film
7 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Johnnie To's gangster movies are much lauded by the critics, but I'm someone who fails to see what the fuss is all about. This is no exception. I find it a quite serviceable gangster thriller that makes pretty good use of a very old storyline, about two rivals battling for control of a Triad gang. The film looks good, with plenty of stylish camera-work, and the script emphasises realism more than most. But I found this film to be missing an emotional core, so that the action plays out like a comic book, between characters we neither care about nor like very much at all.

On the plus side, the acting is strong, dominated by two polar opposite performances. Simon Yam plays an icy, detached and friendly mob boss very well, and Tony Leung is his opposite: borderline psychotic, vicious and ill-mannered. There's plenty of sparks between them. The supporting cast is engaging, with solid turns from To regulars, and a nice cameo from David Chiang as a police chief. But for the most part, while I enjoyed this on a superficial level, I failed to connect with it. Aside from a couple of moments of startling violence at the climax which made me sit up and take notice, this is very much par for the course.


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