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Election (2005)

Hak se wui (original title)
Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Nai-Hoi Yau (as Yau Nai Hoi), Tin-Shing Yip (as Yip Tin Shing)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

20 October 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Election See more »

Filming Locations:

Central, Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$439,874 (Hong Kong), 28 October 2005, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marks the fifth time director Johnnie To and actor Louis Koo collaborated in a director/actor relation. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Big D: [to Lok] Don't talk to me until you have the baton!
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Connections

Referenced in Sleeping Dogs (2012) See more »

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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Violent, but an excellent movie
23 November 2018 | by lukechongSee all my reviews

"Election" showcases all that are exceptional about the Hong Kong film industry in the past 20 years or so; old thespians, A-cast list and upcoming actors join hands to make this grim but entertaining movie. The film seems calm on the surface, but there are pockets of violence and its powerful indictment of the Triads must be read between the lines. It's talky, but the acting is first-rate: cool and collected Lok (Simon Yam), cocky and violent Big D (Tony Leung), the frustrated police superintendent (David Chiang).

Many Western mainstream audience think that Mafia and Triad movies ought to be filled with killings, gunshots and bloodshed. There is certainly violence here, but Johnny To is more interested in dismantling the oaths of "honor" and "brotherhood" underpinning these secret societies.


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