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20 October 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Lok

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Big D (as Tony Leung Ka Fai)

Louis Koo ... Jimmy

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 (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)
Shao-Peng Chen ... Uncle Monk (as Chan Siu Pang)
Bun Yuen ... Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Ting Yip Ng ... Senior Inspector Tod (as Ng Yuk Sau)
Ronald Yan ... Senior Inspector Yu
Ho-Yin Wong ... Detective Wong (as Raymond Wong)
Robert Hung ... Sonny
Hsin Shen ... Long Gun (as Yu Yuen Yin)
Biu Law Che ... Tally (as Paul Ng)
Fung Kwok ... Fish Ball (as Kwok Fung)
Chi Wai Wong ... Blackie (as Wong Chi Wai)
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Big D's Bodyguard (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Sze Yan Wong ... Lok's Bodyguard (as Wong Sze Yan)
Wen-Wei Lin ... Sparky (as Lam Man Wai)
Hoi Chau Ho ... Uncle Double East (as Ho Hoi Chau)
Pui Chung Tong ... Uncle Chiu Chow (as Tong Pui Chung)
Chu Ho ... Mon
Bo Yuen ... Dinosaur (as Yuen Bo)
Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee ... Denny (as Jonathan Lee)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang ... Uncle Dead Dog (uncredited)
Jackson Ha ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wing-cheong Law ... Four Eye (uncredited)
Kin-Yung Tsang ... Police officer at detention centre (uncredited)
Wah Wo Wong ... Triad Leader (uncredited)
Sai Tang Yu ... Big D's Lawyer (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
Ta-Yu 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 (as Chan Kit Ling)
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 Fong 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
Andy Ma .... continuity
Po Sang Sie .... story consultant (as Sie Po Sang)
Shao-Peng Chen .... in memory of (as Chan Siu Pang)

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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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France:101 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:100 min | China:85 min (cut version) | Argentina:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The porcelain spoon eating scene was based on Suet Lam's real life experience in triads.See more »
Big D:[to Lok] Don't talk to me until you have the baton!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodfellas (1990)See more »


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19 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Brotherhood of Power, 22 October 2005
Author: samuelding85 from Singapore

Election marks the 2nd trial society theme movie directed by Johnnie To.

To marvellously casted Simon Yan and Tony Leung Kar Fai as Lok and Big D, as the two trial members who were chosen as candidates for the position of chairman for Ho Sing society, a 100 year old trial society.

While Lok is a man who keeps his cool at all times, Big D is not only impatient, but also thinks that he is on top of everything. Lok was chosen as the next chairman for 2 years. To have the total control of the gang, the newly elected chairman must be passed down with a Dragon Baton, which represents power and authority. Big D was extremely unhappy with the results that he was not chosen to be the next chairman after paying a handsome figure of bribes to the council members. He ordered his man to get the Baton before it falls onto the hands of Lok.

While Big D is getting the Baton, Lok has other plans for him.

This is one of the trial society theme movies where not much bloodshed is needed. Johnnie To puts the greed of the human beings in the movie, where bloodshed is commonly used in other trial society theme movies to show how the greed of human beings can caused the death or the downfall of one. However, no single bullet is used, hardly any gangfights are involved in Election. It's the battle of the wits that makes Election stands out of the rest.

Apart from Maggie Shiu, the only actress in Election with less than 5 lines to talk in the whole movie, masculinity rules the whole movie. Louis Koo and Nick Cheung, who was seen in To's previous film, are casted as an undercover cop and a gangster who sold his life to the gang respectively. Together with some of the veteran actors making their appearance in the film and the excellent script, it makes the only HK movie to represent Cannes Fil Festival 2005.

Election has hardly failed any critics who wants an different trial society theme movie.

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