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  • Actors: Johnny To, Tony Leung, Simon Yam
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOPOA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,162 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A gripping action thriller set in the secret world of Hong Kong’s triad society. Directed by legendary Hong Kong director Johnnie To, whose film career spans over 25 years, ELECTION offers a realistic look at what it means to be a gangster in Hong Kong today.

The time has come, as it does every two years, for the senior members of Hong Kong's oldest Triad, The Wo Shing Society, to elect a new chairman. Fierce rivalries emerge between the two eligible candidates. Lok, respected by the Uncles, is the favourite to win. But his rival Big D will stop at nothing to win the vote, including going against hundreds of years of Triad tradition and influencing the vote with money and violence.

When Wo Shing’s ancient symbol of leadership, the Dragon’s Head Baton, goes missing, a ruthless struggle for power erupts and the race to retrieve the Baton threatens to tear Wo Shing in two. Can Wo Shing balance their traditional brotherhood ways with the cut-throat modern world of 21st century business?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 4 May 2007
Format: DVD
"Election" directed by Johnnie To, is an engaging action thriller that manages to entertain the spectator, but that might scare some people due to numerous scenes of violence.

The two main characters are Lok (Simon Yam) and Big D (Tony Leung), the two main candidates to become the new chairman of one of Hong Kong's most importants triads, the Wo Shing Society. The senior members of the The Wo Shing Society have the power to choose the next president, and will do so in a triad-run election. But how far is each of these candidates willing to go in order to have absolute power? And where do tradition, loyalty and duty stand in modern times?

These questions, and some more, will be answered if you give "Election" a chance. This is the first movie I watch by this Hong Kong director, and I liked it well enough to know I will try to find out more about his work. From my point of view, this film is not perfect (3.5 stars out of 5), but it original, and well-worth seeing, if you can stand the sometimes shocking violence. If that is the case, recommended...

Belen Alcat
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fantong on 17 May 2008
Format: DVD
another Johnny To masterpiece, triad drama with a dash of black humour, Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louise Koo, Nick Cheung et al, give this movie it's authentic triad edge, Lam Suet of PTU fame pops up here, brilliant yet again.
if you like Hong Kong cinema, or fancy some triad action, this delivers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Despite a tight narrative, Johnnie To's Election feels at times like it was once a longer picture, with many characters and plot strands abandoned or ultimately unresolved. Some of these are dealt with in the truly excellent and far superior sequel, Election 2: Harmony is a Virtue, but it's still a dependably enthralling thriller about a contested Triad election that bypasses the usual shootouts and explosions (though not the violence) in favour of constantly shifting alliances that can turn in the time it takes to make a phone call. It's also a film where the most ruthless character isn't always the most threatening one, as the chilling ending makes only too clear: one can imagine a lifetime of psychological counselling being necessary for all the trauma that one inflicts on one unfortunate bystander.

Simon Yam, all too often a variable actor but always at his best under To's direction, has possibly never been better in the lead, not least because Tony Leung's much more extrovert performance makes his stillness more the powerful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Severin on 18 April 2008
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This really is the Asian Godfather. Only modern, frenetic and riveting. The best film (along with Election Vol. 2) I've seen in years. No other gangster film or thriller comes close.
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By T. BROOKES on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This is an intelligent, slow drama about a Triad family, in Hong Kong.

The film looks 1990's and tells the modern tale of a Triad family's election of a new Chairman, which happens every two years. The election sees two favourites (Big D vs Lok) emerge and become rivals, whilst evading a police detective team.

It is almost an Asian Godfather type of movie, full of slow paced drama and conversations, with very little action which unexpectedly (and tamely) explodes at the end (ready for a better sequel?). The culture of the film is it's unique charm, creating a credible world cinema insight and thus is a niche film with a few positives. The Triad gang culture (and 'the society') is interesting but this film is more another re-flavoured and redressed family power battle.
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