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Election 2 (2006)

Hak se wui: Yi woo wai kwai (original title)
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.

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:
Louis Koo ... Jimmy
Simon Yam ... 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 (as Wong Tin Lam)
Mark Cheng ... Bo
Bing-Man Tam ... Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
Yue-Tong Pan Yue-Tong Pan ... Janice (as Pauline Pan)
Andy On ... Lik
Yong You Yong You ... Mr. Xi / Black Ren (as Yao Yung)
Mo-Hau Cheung Mo-Hau Cheung ... Mr. Shu (as Albert Cheung)
Bun Yuen ... Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Shing Lun Mok Shing Lun Mok ... (as Mok Shing Lun)
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Storyline

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.

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Even a criminal can serve his country

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 April 2006 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Triad Election See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,811, 29 April 2007

Gross USA:

$55,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,836,534
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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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One brutal gangster film....
10 January 2011 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

This film doesn't take half measures that's for sure. It's time to elect a new chairman again amongst the triad world, and the baton by tradition has to pass on. Our lead from the original is reluctant to hand it over, and is playing off people to secure a second term. On the other hand is the initially reluctant Jimmy who claims to want to distance himself from his gangster linked past but to secure business access into the mainland, he becomes brutal and merciless to become the newly elected leader for his own "business" purposes.

I enjoyed this more than the first. It's quite a difficult film to follow at times with some references to the original plus a large multitude of characters. There are various threads through the movie and if you give it time you will find it engrossing. Tense at times with violence always not far off, it doesn't let up. There are too many nods to "Infernal Affairs" with many of the same actors and some parts which seem to pay homage to it. In fairness, can't always be 100% original, and this film is not a rip at all.

Acting is fine but camera work doesn't have anything special. There was scope to have some incredible filming here with some of the locations and actors, but it doesn't seem to have been a priority, which is a shame.

A good film with some intriguing plot lines, and if you're into gangster films then you'll find this a good addition to the HK genre.


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