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Director:
Writers:
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by)
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Release Date:
20 October 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
12 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I Vote...It's "Decent Enough" See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Lam Lok

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Big D

Louis Koo ... Jimmy Lee

Nick Cheung ... Jet
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu-Pang Chan ... Uncle Monk (as Chan Siu Pang)
Biu Law Che ... Tally (as Paul Ng)
Chi Ping Cheung ... Uncle Dead Dog
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Long Hair (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Hoi Chau Ho ... Uncle Double East (as Ho Hoi Chau)
Robert Hung ... Sonny
Ching Kwan ... Brother Tung
Fung Kwok ... Fish Ball (as Kwok Fung)
Wing-cheong Law ... Four Eye
Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee ... Denny Lam (as Jonathan Lee)
Wen-wei Lin ... Sparky (as Lam Man Wai)
Ting Yip Ng ... Senior Inspector Tod (as Ng Yuk Sau)
Hsin Shen ... Uncle Long Gun (as Yuen-Yin Yu)
Pui Chung Tong ... Uncle Chiu Chow (as Tong Pui Chung)
Chi Wai Wong ... Blackie (as Wong Chi Wai)
Ho-Yin Wong ... Detective Wong (as Raymond Wong)
Sze Yan Wong ... Chak (as Wong Sze Wan)
Wah Wo Wong ... Triad Leader
Ronald Yan ... Senior Inspector Yu
Bo Yuen ... Dinosaur
Bun Yuen ... Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Kam Pong Chow ... Keung (uncredited)
Hoi-Pang Lo ... (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Johnnie To 
 
Writing credits
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by) (as Yip Tin Shing)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Elos Gallo .... consulting producer
Maylie Ho .... administrative producer
Kok Leung Kuk .... line producer (as Kuk Kok Leung)
Dennis Law .... producer
Johnnie To .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tayu Lo  (as Lo Tayu)
 
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Tam 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Yu 
 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
 
Makeup Department
Kit Ling Chan .... on-set dresser
Miko Chu .... makeup artist (as Mico Chu)
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist (as Rachel Kwong)
 
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Wan-San Ding .... production supervisor (as Ding Yuin Shan)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Eric Huen .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Hung Chan .... assistant director (as Chan Wai Hung)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
 
Art Department
Wing Kei Au .... property master (as Au Wing Kei)
Brian Lau .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chun Wang)
King Fai Choy .... foley artist (as Choy King Fai)
Wing Hong Fung .... foley artist (as Fung Wing Hong)
Shek Key Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Shek Key)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Hon Chiu)
Wai Shung Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Wai Shung)
Sin-kwok Lee .... location sound (as Lee Sin Kwok)
Charlie Lo .... sound designer
Charlie Lo .... sound editor
May Mok .... sound designer
May Mok .... sound mixer
Man Keung Ngai .... boom operator (as Ngai Man Keung)
Kwong Heung Yam .... foley artist (as Yam Kwong Heung)
Chi Man Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Chi Man)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Peony Lam .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Siu Lun Leung .... CGI animator (as Leung Siu Lun)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Lai Kuen Wong .... optical effects coordinator (as Wong Lai Kuen)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Molly Siu .... making-of camera
Hung Mo To .... cinematographer: second unit (as To Hung Mo)
Leo Tsang .... making-of camera
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
 
Editorial Department
Simon Fung .... assistant editor
Cathy Lau .... post-production assistant
Calmen Lui .... post-production executive
 
Music Department
Andrew Chu .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
Barry Chung .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
K.Y. Yuen .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
 
Other crew
Charles Heung .... presenter
Ching Ting Law .... set runner (as Lu Ching Ting)
Dennis Law .... presenter
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
Andy Ma .... continuity
Po Sang Sie .... story consultant (as Sie Po Sang)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hak se wui" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Black Society" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
France:101 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:100 min | China:85 min (cut version) | Argentina:100 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Quentin Tarantino loved this film so much; his quote "The Best Film of the Year" is on this film's United States DVD cover.See more »
Quotes:
Big D:[to Lok] Don't talk to me until you have the baton!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodfellas (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
FOREVER SMILESee more »

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24 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
I Vote...It's "Decent Enough", 29 June 2007
Author: benjamin_lappin from England

The issue with IMDb in regards to foreign films such as 'Election' is that inevitably few have seen the film, fewer have chosen to put themselves in the firing line with a synopsis, and all will mark begrudgingly out of preference and favouritism rather than critical accuracy. Was I expecting more from this film? Given that it was on offer, I had finance at hand, and I purchased with intent to merely fill up my East Asian collection, no. Given that the film was Johnny To, was an official Cannes selection and had won as many awards as the impeccable Infernal Affairs, the answer is a resounding yes.

Without wishing to sound too condescending before hitting the heart of the review, you can often (not always) gauge the credibility of a film based on where the "quotes" on the DVD box have originated. In England, the usual credible resources are Empire, The Observer/Guardian, probably The Independent and for the most part Johnathon Ross, so given that this film has been brandished a five star rating by "NEO" sent alarm bells ringing, but I am open minded, and do not let nonsense like that sway my opinion.

Election is severely interesting on the basis of it being a pure triad film. Obviously my knowledge of the organisation is severely limited, but from what I can ascertain this is as "realistic" as you will get, next to standing in the room itself, as the rituals and ceremonies have all been meticulously planned, structured and filmed. In this sense, Election manages to bring out the very best in Eastern cinema, the rich culture (despite the notorious background of the Triad) steeped in tradition holding important virtues and values such as honour, which have all too often have been left behind in the Middle Ages. Election provides what can only be described as a rare insight, and chances are you will not find another film (barring Volume II) which will be as true and as accurate as this. Other plus points include the strength of the cinematography, typically shot in clean contrast with vivid colours and engaging compositions, while the acting is convincing with some slick performances from Tony Leung and Simon Yam.

Election confronts the issue of the modern globalised world coming into conflict with the traditions of heritage of the triad which are seemingly being swamped by the sheer force of power the outside world, and in particular capitalism, possesses. However, and yes it was inevitable, the script, despite having won the award for Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Festival is decidedly average if not poor. The performances aside, it does very little to engage you as an audience, nor does it contain a gravitas to sweep you off your feet and cart you away down a roller-coaster ride, and perhaps this is the directors want. However The Godfather, for example was a film which had a relatively slow paced storyline, yet you were utterly immersed for nigh on three hours, with Election the 100 minutes, feels like three hours, and that is not a good thing. Not enough actually takes place on screen to engage you, there are debates among elders about who should be the next Chairman, you see the candidates approach other members of the triad to ask for their support, you see more debating, you see various characters obviously being set up to be more important in volumes II and III, and you see some good acting go to waste with not much happening.

I did want to like this film immensely, and I gave it all the time it needed, but it did not give me that essential x-factor which grabs you and slaps you around, so that when all is finished you need a moment to recover. There are many plus points, and I don't discount the possibility that I could be proved wrong on all these counts when viewed as an entire trilogy, but as a singular film Election falls into the trap so many foreign films do, excellent intentions, decent execution, and that is this film in a nutshell, it's decent. Don't expect a rip-roaring wild ride, expect a fairly entertaining trip, a leisurely drive through the world of the triads with acting that is superb but a story which is average, stunning visuals and clichéd endings. One review (from "Total Film" *insert raised eyebrow here*) calls this "unflinching brutality", and if you were expecting a whole lot more, it certainly can be.

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