Election (Hak se wui) Reviews

November 17, 2011
August 24, 2007
The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere.
July 13, 2007
Election feels routine at times, though less formulaic than other genre exercises from Hong Kong. The depiction of crime customs is sociologically detailed.
July 12, 2007
[Director To's] talent for documentary-style realism and navigating complex political systems sets him apart, though his nationalism puts him squarely in the mainstream.
June 21, 2007
Dense, demanding concentration, lacking any romantic (but plenty of sordid) violence, extremely involving and rewarding of careful attention.
June 8, 2007
Ultimately, Election and Triad Election -- which benefit from being seen back to back -- play like a mature reevaluation of [Johnnie] To's long-standing talent for splashy, eye-popping violence.
June 7, 2007
Reveals [director] To as a master of lean, close-quarters action.
April 27, 2007
Nobody familiar with [director] To will be surprised by the way he presents stylish violence in innovative and humorous ways.
April 25, 2007
There is social commentary to be sure, but there are also some solid action thrills.
April 25, 2007
Election, the first installment in Johnnie To's two-film Hong Kong gangland serial, is a densely plotted, pulpy procedural.
April 18, 2007
Unlike the American crime genre, violence is viewed only as the last resort. In both films, there is a subtle suggestion that the children of the chairmen may pay the highest price for the criminal ascendancy of their fathers.
October 28, 2006
It's a thrilling premise. What a shame, then, that Election can't get the basics right.
October 28, 2006
Even the violence is unexpectedly unexpected, eschewing the usual cathartic frenzy of bloody chopsocky and arcade-game gunplay in favour of calmly viewed and human-scaled acts of brutality.
October 28, 2006
We are plunged into this dispute, but with insufficient time to get to know any of these players, they never fully come to life.
May 18, 2005
Though some general viewers may feel let down by the relatively scant action, To aficionados should vote for this one.
May 17, 2005
A repellant movie filled with gratuitous violence, Election is bound to find an appreciative audience among those who like their cinematic criminals noisy, stupid and deadly.