Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)

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Taking its cues from the Godfather series, Triad Election understands how a giddy mix of thrills and gunplay can make for compelling cinema.



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Superstar action director Johnny To's Hong Kong gangster picture Triad Election (aka Election 2) revolves around Jimmy (Louis Koo), a second-tiered triad member vying aggressively for the position of godfather in the current election. He is restrained in his pursuits by the current mob boss, Lok (Simon Yam), who wants to hold on to his seat, despite the fact that his two years are up and he isn't officially eligible for reelection. This leads to a bloody, cutthroat, do-or-die battle of wills between the two men, carried out in some of the most astonishing set pieces ever constructed for an action opus, including a psychotic interrogation with knives and rabid dogs, a hide-and-seek battle at an outdoor café, and a shocking, ultraviolent denouement. To ads an additional level to the film by turning it into a scathing critique of the voraciousness encouraged by a laissez-faire economic system. Wong Tin-lam, Yao Yung, Lam Suet, Nick Cheung, Lam Ka-tung, and Mok Sing-lun co-star. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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  • The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere.

    Aug 24, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • If Machiavelli's The Prince and Sun Tzu's The Art of War translate to other centuries and cultures, so might Election and Triad Election.

    Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jul 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movieâ(TM)s most powerful component is political.

    Jul 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/6
  • This remains a well-crafted genre movie, and one that promises further developments in its final scene.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Dense, demanding concentration, lacking any romantic (but plenty of sordid) violence, extremely involving and rewarding of careful attention.

    Jun 21, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai)

  • Mar 21, 2012
    Sequels usually aren't as good or surpass the original in anyway. This is one of those few exception in which the sequel is superior over the original. Triad Election is about the current Triad chairman Lok faces competition from his godsons while at the same time, Jimmy looks to increase his business relations with mainland China. The story is not as complex as the original meaning it's easier to follow and has its own appeal to it. Now my main problem with this movie is that there are too many characters and some of them don't have enough screen time. This is proven by the fact that I was shock that Lok son was actually in this movie and leaves allot to be desire in other story-lines too. What I do liked about the original was it realism and that each character had there own personality, the same is true here. Now while the story of the movie isn't exactly something everyone can get into, it's brilliant take on the Triads. Unlike most sequels, this movie requires you to watch the original or else you won't know anything about these characters history and at certain scenes you won't know what they're talking about. The cast from the original return and once again deliver another winning performance. If you've seen allot of Johnnie To movie like I have you already what to expect from the cast and have a good idea who they are. Johnnie To is still impressive behind the camera, though not at the same scope as the original, he does great job as always. Triad Election is a sequel that surpasses the original every way possible. Triad Election is another great drama from director Johnnie To and proves the action genre isn't the only area he can tell a gripping story.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    I have been always fascinated by these Chinese Triads. This was the Sequel, enjoyed the first one aZwell. Though Brutal than the first one. NOT one of those typical Chinise Movies I tell ya.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    Not one of Johnny To's finest, but a fine sequel to 'Election'. Koo puts forth a quiet performance, and there is a dramatic intensity almost running silently throughout the entire film, erupting toward the end. Still, minimum but effective violence. If you like this, see 'Exilled'
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2009
    much better than the 1st part. you can understand it all!!! gripping, violent, sublime! i think the action and the elements of story are well paced compared to the 1st also. we have a little story then a little bit of action and then some story, some action... yes, i think the two johnny to films must be seen as companion pieces to be fully appreciated. do not watch one and not the other. it is close to the godfather films if not on even terms
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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