Election ( Hak se wui ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 8866

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 10

Theatrical Release Date: 04/25/2007

Language: Cantonese

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Johnnie To

Actors: Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Ka Tung Lam, Siu-Fai Cheung

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Bribaba - wrote on 05/03/2011

It should be noted that this a TV pilot and not a bona fide feature film, which in itself is disappointing. It might have helped if it had been any good but that's far from the case. The usually reliable Johnnie To turns in a very lacklustre, formulaic film. The Triad members with their silly names come across as ridiculous and the story, the pursuit of a baton, is really lame. Abstain from this one.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/12/2012

The time has come for a Triad organisation to elect a new chairman, but the losing contender rejects the outcome and threatens to break away and form a new gang. Johnnie To's Election has been described as "the Asian Godfather", but I personally felt it had more of a Goodfellas vibe about it, particularly the grimly realistic violence that is made all the more so by the fact that the weapon of choice of these gangsters is the machete. The crux of the story revolves around a race for a ceremonial sceptre that is the traditional symbol of power for the organisation, but this format made the film feel like a 90 minute relay race as one character hands the "baton" to the next after occupying the screen for an all too brief length of time; in all there are nine characters vying for your …

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