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

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April 23, 2009
Director To doesn't sacrifice substance to style. The over-the-top violent flourishes, more psychological than paint-the-screen-red literal, will burrow under your skin.
December 7, 2007
Whatever he lacks in narrative drive, To is still the master of style.
November 19, 2007
Drips with a thick, Stygian darkness, but also offers violence that's too explicit and willfully perverse to be thoughtfully disturbing. . . . a little too overwrought, too operatic after its regal predecessor.
October 26, 2007
The exposition is perfectly balanced with bloody action and muscular set-pieces.
August 24, 2007
The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere.
August 11, 2007
If it is too stylistically modest to win converts among the multiplex crowd, the film surely rewards followers of the genre.
July 14, 2007
tackles big ideas like the preservation of tradition and the overall reach of destiny, but also slyly suggests that the Triad of the 21st Century has evolved into something like a giant corporation.
July 13, 2007
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.
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.
July 12, 2007
The movieâ(TM)s most powerful component is political.
July 6, 2007
This remains a well-crafted genre movie, and one that promises further developments in its final scene.
June 21, 2007
Dense, demanding concentration, lacking any romantic (but plenty of sordid) violence, extremely involving and rewarding of careful attention.
June 18, 2007
Like the late John Frankenheimer, director To marries his drama with action and superb composition to achieve compelling results at times.
June 15, 2007
If you're willing to do the work, Triad Election pays you in tragedy.
June 14, 2007
... exhibit A in the case for the Hong Kong gangster film as the new genre standard.
June 13, 2007
Shameless pulp it may be, but to watch it is to see a master craftsman continuing to refine his talent.
June 8, 2007
Into a season of Hollywood blockbusters, this import arrives with the impact of a high-velocity bullet.
June 8, 2007
Like any good sequel, this film takes what is familiar with the original's concept -- in this case, an internecine struggle for supremacy -- and deepens it.
June 7, 2007
Reveals [director] To as a master of lean, close-quarters action.
May 31, 2007
Like many Hong Kong mob movies, Triad Election
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