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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie To on top form
The ever-reliable Johnnie To's Election 2: Harmony is a Virtue is in many ways more impressive and definitely more ambitious than its predecessor even though it lacks its relentless forward momentum. Where the first film was a literal relay race, this is more of a distance event, but it's a much more engrossing look at the nature and politics of corruption. It does amp up...
Published on 15 Dec 2006 by Trevor Willsmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars better than the first, action packed Triad battle
This return is a much better film, being a bolder, more action packed continued sequel to the more dramatic Election.

This Triad drama has enough violence and action to make it entertaining, interesting and more movie like (than the first). Again, it is Wu Sing family election time and there is a battle between the two top candidates. It all seems a repeat with...
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by T. BROOKES


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie To on top form, 15 Dec 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Election 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The ever-reliable Johnnie To's Election 2: Harmony is a Virtue is in many ways more impressive and definitely more ambitious than its predecessor even though it lacks its relentless forward momentum. Where the first film was a literal relay race, this is more of a distance event, but it's a much more engrossing look at the nature and politics of corruption. It does amp up the violence from the first film, particularly in one literally grinding sequence, but it never deteriorates into a gore show, focussing less on Simon Yam's Triad chairman after a second term than reluctant contender Louis Koo, contrasting the one's troubled relationship with his son (who qualified for a lifetime in therapy at the end of the first film) with the other's hopes for his future offspring. It ends with the possibility of hope for one son but the certainty of damnation for another that hasn't even been born, the film bookended by scenes at the same location, the first full of sunlight and promise and confidence, the second dark and cloudy as one character finds that the price of respectability is the very violent life he wants to turn his back on. It's also surprisingly critical of the corruption in the Chinese government, implying that its collusion with Triad gangsters goes way beyond mere backhanders but is actually a deliberate part of government policy as a means of exerting social control in Hong Kong through close ties with organised crime - a particularly perverse irony considering the Triads' origins as political rebels exiled from the mainland who became corrupted by crime. Unsurprisingly, it seems to have been banned in Mainland China.

Although there is talk of a longer version existing because of three striking scenes in the film's trailers (including a Chinese execution, the open grave of the first film's last victim and a funeral), these scenes were cut by To prior to release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!, 18 April 2008
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Severin (Brighton, UK) - See all my reviews
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Full of action, intrigue, betrayal & shocking violence. Fast-paced & fascinating. Johnny To's film is far superior to anything Scorsese has done in the last 10 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 23 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Election 2 [DVD] (DVD)
election was good but its just a preamble to this, the best gangster movie since goodfellas.
...and not for the squemish either!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Election 2 [DVD], 11 Jan 2014
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A Johnny To film. Sequel to the first, and just as good. Somewhat of an insight into the Triad organisation, of years gone by. Altogether a very watchable film. Am not one much for giving plots away. I watched the first one liked it, so obviously this was a must see item to stay updated. English subtitles. Anyone who likes films from that side of the world, will most likely like this. If not sure go watch trailer. Enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars better than the first, action packed Triad battle, 13 Mar 2012
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T. BROOKES "Brookey" (Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Election 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This return is a much better film, being a bolder, more action packed continued sequel to the more dramatic Election.

This Triad drama has enough violence and action to make it entertaining, interesting and more movie like (than the first). Again, it is Wu Sing family election time and there is a battle between the two top candidates. It all seems a repeat with more confidence, but it is an arguably a better, if less poignant, watch than the first but it does benefit from having the scene and situation set before it. An ok watch for hardcore world cinema fans, but nothing amazing or fresh here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gangster film with a lot of Gangster habits. very, very good., 23 Aug 2014
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Excellent if like me you like Asian Films and Dramas. There are three DVD to make this complete, try to get them in order. Makes for better watching . yet they are all single films with good endings.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bum sequel, 14 May 2009
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I'm not sure what went wrong and I, foolishly, ignored the reviews that said this was a pale imitation of the original. but simply; avoid.
If you get it ultra cheap or can rent it then why not? But pay World Cinema prices? No. Allow me to have made that mistake for you so you don't have to.
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