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

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August 24, 2007
The film's violence erupts in rare, staccato bursts, all the more horrifying for coming out of nowhere.
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 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.
May 19, 2007
The movie is familiar on several levels but also has its own engaging style.
May 12, 2007
The director rejuvenates the genre by connecting the dots between a criminal subculture and a much bigger sociological picture. He's finally given HK cinema its very own Godfather.
April 28, 2007
Like the best crime stories, this one isn't about how the bad guys live, it's about how we live.
April 27, 2007
Ready for The Godfather with a distinctly Hong Kong flavor?
April 27, 2007
Plenty of films owe a debt to The Godfather, but it's rare to see inspiration used as successfully as it is here.
April 25, 2007
The parallels to all three Godfather films are there, if you care to look, but the Election films have other pleasures.
April 25, 2007
The surfaces gleam as luxuriously in Johnnie To's exemplary gangster thriller Triad Election as those in a similarly slicked-up Hollywood film, but the blood on the floor here seems stickier.
April 24, 2007
As in the first movie, To deftly references the Godfather trilogy, examining the moral equivocation and shifting alliances among various syndicate members.
April 24, 2007
Johnnie To's Election 2 is distinguished by intelligence, wit and violence but is lightly wounded by some ill-fitting moments.
April 24, 2007
Each angle -- and To's take on the plight of the modern gangster -- is inspired.
April 19, 2007
Triad Election is something like a surprise candy, with a hard, sweet veneer and a shockingly bitter center.
April 18, 2007
With Mob fever spiked by the return of The Sopranos, now's the perfect time to enjoy the intense Godfather variations of director Johnnie To.
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