Election (Hak se wui) Reviews

November 17, 2011
January 3, 2008
The film's main drive involves plotting and scheming rather than outright violence, though -- unlike the sequel -- the basic good guy-bad guy conflict is pretty standard.
November 19, 2007
Some real genius and understated power . . . transcends its genre and turns the venally criminal into the profoundly human.
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 26, 2007
has more hits than misses
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
To's double shot is a landmark work for HK cinema.
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.
September 13, 2006
It's easy to see why a sequel was quickly cranked out.
June 6, 2006
May feel a little aloof and dry, not to mention confusing, but there's a solid resonance within the story.
May 18, 2005
Though some general viewers may feel let down by the relatively scant action, To aficionados should vote for this one.