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Triad Election (2006) More at IMDbPro »Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai (original title)


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Director:
Writers:
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) and
Tin-Shing Yip (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Even a criminal can serve his country
Plot:
As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(28 articles)
User Reviews:
An unflinching meditation on corruption See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Louis Koo ... Jimmy Lee

Simon Yam ... Lam Lok

Nick Cheung ... Jet
Ka Tung Lam ... Kun (as Lam Ka Tung)
Suet Lam ... Big Head (as Lam Suet)
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Mr. So (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Tian-Lin Wang ... Uncle Teng Wai (as Wong Tin Lam)
Mark Cheng ... Bo
Bing-Man Tam ... Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
Yue-Tong Pan ... Janice (as Pauline Pan)

Andy On ... Lik
Yong You ... Black Ren / Chinese Security Bureau Chief (as Yao Yung)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brenda Chan (as Kwai-fan Chan)
Siu Kai Chan ... Brother Kin (as Chan Siu Kai)
Siu-Pang Chan ... Uncle Monk
Yung Cheung Chan (as Chan Yung Cheung)
Chi Ping Cheung ... Uncle Dead Dog (as Cheung Chi Ping)
Mo-Hau Cheung ... Mr. Shu (as Albert Cheung)
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Long Hair (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Alan Chui Chung San ... Uncle Tank (as Tsui Chung Shun)
Man Kit Fan ... Lok's henchman (as Fan Man Kit)
Ching Ting Law ... Jimmy's driver (as Lu Ching Ting)
Jonathan Lee ... Denny Lam
Fa Yuan Li ... Lok's henchman (as Lee Fat Yuen)
Chun Pong Ling (as Ling Chun Pong)
Chiang Lo ... Brother Snake (as Law Keung)
Shing Lun Mok (as Mok Shing Lun)
Hsin Shen ... Uncle Long Gun (as Yuen-Yin Yu)
Pui Chung Tong ... Uncle Chiu Chow (as Tong Pui Chung)
Sze Yan Wong ... Chak (as Wong Sze Yan)
Bun Yuen ... Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Jianjun Zhou ... Section Chief Ho (as Zhou Jian Jun)

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

Nai-Hoi Yau  characters (uncredited)
Tin-Shing Yip  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Elos Gallo .... consultant producer
Charles Heung .... executive producer
Kok Leung Kuk .... line producer (as Kuk Kok Leung)
Dennis Law .... executive producer
Dennis Law .... producer
Johnnie To .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Ellis-Geiger 
 
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
 
Film Editing by
Ka-kit Cheung  (as Jeff Cheung)
Wing-cheong Law  (as Law Wing Cheong)
 
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 Midco Chu)
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist
Joe Kwong .... hair stylist
Yun-Ling Man .... makeup artist (as Man Yuen Ling)
 
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
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Hung Chan .... assistant director (as Chan Wai Hung)
Ka-kit Cheung .... assistant director (as Jeff Cheung)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
 
Art Department
Wing Kei Au .... property master (as Au Wing Kei)
Kin Wah Ko .... property master (as Ko Kin Wah)
Brian Lau .... assistant art director
Kwok On Lau .... property master (as Lau Kwok On)
 
Sound Department
Tony Cheng .... location sound
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)
Chun Ming Wong .... boom operator (as Wong Chun Ming)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist (as Tommy Yu)
 
Visual Effects by
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Peony Lam .... visual effects coordinator
Siu Lun Leung .... CGI animator (as Leung Siu Lun)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Lai Kuen Wong .... optical effects coordinator (as Wong Lai Kuen)
 
Stunts
Chun Pong Ling .... stunt coordinator (as Ling Chun Pong)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsz Pun Ko .... making-of camera (as Ko Tsz Pun)
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Hung Mo To .... cinematographer: second unit (as To Hung Mo)
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
Charles C.W. Chan .... music editor
 
Other crew
Hiu Tao An .... dubbing coach: Mandarin (as An Hiu Tao)
Ching Ting Law .... set runner (as Lu Ching Ting)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director
Andy Ma .... continuity
Po Sang Sie .... story consultant (as Sie Po Sang)
 
Thanks
Tayu Lo .... special thanks (as Lo Tayu)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Black Society 2: Triads Value Peace Most" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
"Election 2" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Election 2: Harmony Is a Virtue" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The film was shown Out of Competition (midnight screening) at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The film was shown in Grand Theatre Lumiere, the most prestigious theater at Cannes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Jet is attacking Long Hair from behind with a machete, he slices his neck but there is no blood on the blade, and Long Hair is not bleeding out from his wound.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Shi:From now on, you're welcome in China as tourists. But you can't do business here.
Jimmy:Why?
Mr. Shi:It's our policy.
Jimmy:Mr. Shu is also a gangster. Why can he do business in China?
Mr. Shi:We made a deal, and he's a patriot.
Jimmy:I can make you a deal. I can be a patriot.
Mr. Shi:What's your rank in Wo Sing? Not its Chairman?
Jimmy:If I run for Chairman, will you give me what I want?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Johnnie Got His Gun! (2010)See more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An unflinching meditation on corruption, 9 October 2006
Author: arch_deluxe from Toronto, Canada

Election 2, like its predecessor and the acclaimed "Infernal Affairs", seems to usher a new wave Hong Kong crime cinema. Highly stylized and almost completely devoid of the typical "action" sequences that HK gangster pictures have become associated with, Election 2 is also one of the coldest films in recent memory.

The plot is somewhat unremarkable and predictable, but in this case its how the film is told that makes it stand apart. The underworld depicted by director Johnny To is populated by sullen, disaffected thugs in expensive suits, with no loyalties held sacred but to their insatiable greed. The isolation of these men, (and Louis Koo as Jimmy in particular), as they trade away the remaining scraps of their humanity is a chilling thing to behold. The lighting, music, and sparse sets all echo the overwhelming emptiness and dread radiated by these characters, excellently performed by an ensemble of talented actors. Characters carried over from the first film seem to have developed in the two year interim to Election 2, and have become much more realized than the rather thin caricatures of the original.

Johnny To also seems to have a better grasp of the subject; wisely opting for a more serious approach, he injects a political theme that elevates the material out of the typical power fantasy of gangster films. Although the film certainly has its share of violent scenes, they are a good deal less gory than the majority of "shock cinema" today, and somehow even more harrowing. One particularly chilling scene is almost completely silent, save the blood-freezing soundtrack's eerie drone. Presented in such icy fashion that it becomes savagely artistic, Election 2's violence will stay with you long after the credits run. Despite the fetishistic renditions of violence and Triad traditions, these power obsessed sociopaths are hardly glamorous; their quiet panic becoming palpable as the realization sets in that greed has condemned them all. It is a testament to the director's talent that even without a single likable character for the audience to root for; the film remains compelling right to the bitter end.

Election 2 is an uncompromising film; violent, serious, politically controversial, and spectacularly unsympathetic. It also depends in large part on the viewer having seen its prequel, a similar if inferior examination of the same subject and themes. It is also one of the most interesting crime dramas in some time. Special note must be given once again to the score, which raises the tension significantly, and gives it a unique flavor more akin to a horror movie than a gangster film. Johnny To has shaped a bleak monster out of the typical conventions of crime noir; it leaves the viewer with much food for thought on subjects many would find distasteful, but anyone with an interest in the shallow, ruthless underbelly of organized crime is recommended to give it a look.

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