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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.

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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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:

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The porcelain spoon eating scene was based on Suet Lam's real life experience in triads. See more »

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Quotes

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

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Soundtracks

FOREVER SMILE
Performed by Chow Hsuan
Music/Lyrics by Chen Ge Xin
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Hong Kong/EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
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Brotherhood of Power
22 October 2005 | by samuelding85See all my reviews

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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