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Triad Election (2006)

Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai (original title)
As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jimmy
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Lok
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Jet
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Kun (as Lam Ka Tung)
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Big Head (as Lam Suet)
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Mr. So (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Tian-Lin Wang ...
Uncle Teng (as Wong Tin Lam)
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Bo
Bing-Man Tam ...
Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
Yue-Tong Pan ...
Janice (as Pauline Pan)
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Lik
Yong You ...
Mr. Xi / Black Ren (as Yao Yung)
Mo-Hau Cheung ...
Mr. Shu (as Albert Cheung)
Bun Yuen ...
Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Shing Lun Mok ...
(as Mok Shing Lun)
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Storyline

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

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Even a criminal can serve his country

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

27 April 2006 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Triad Election  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$117,922 (Hong Kong) (12 May 2006)

Gross:

$54,855 (USA) (5 August 2007)
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Trivia

The film was shown Out of Competition (midnight screening) at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The film was shown in Grand Theatre Lumiere, the most prestigious theater at Cannes. See more »

Goofs

When Jet is attacking Long Hair from behind with a machete, he slices his neck but there is no blood on the blade, and Long Hair is not bleeding out from his wound. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Shi: From now on, you're welcome in China as tourists. But you can't do business here.
Jimmy: Why?
Mr. Shi: It's our policy.
Jimmy: Mr. Shu is also a gangster. Why can he do business in China?
Mr. Shi: We made a deal, and he's a patriot.
Jimmy: I can make you a deal. I can be a patriot.
Mr. Shi: What's your rank in Wo Sing? Not its Chairman?
Jimmy: If I run for Chairman, will you give me what I want?
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Follows Hak se wui (2005) See more »

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May be the best film on Triads ever made
2 October 2013 | by (somewhere out there) – See all my reviews

Johnnie To's "Election 2" (AKA "Triad Election") not only continues the story of the characters set in the first "Election," but it is such a superlative film compared to its predecessor that it can rightfully stand on its own as a masterpiece of the genre. It's time for the underground Wo Sing Society to pick a new chairman, and the top contender to the throne is the successful businessman Jimmy. We follow him battle for position and leverage, like a high stakes game of chess, against the reigning chairman Lok. Spanning a mere 90 minutes, To directs with great attention to detail and characters, and with not a single frame wasted or in excess. We come to root for Jimmy (if not completely approving of his heinous actions) as he navigates, with both mental and physical prowess, the treacherous underworld of Hong Kong, filled with snitches, hit men, and the most formidable of all, the Machiavellian Lok himself.

One of the busiest and most versatile directors, Johnnie To has made some good, and even great films in the past, but here he has outdone himself in what is probably his masterpiece ("Drug War" is a strong contender for that title as well). The storytelling, cinematography, and the beautiful score by Lo Tayu all add up to a memorable cinematic effect. "Election 2" sets a gold standard for sequels, as it does not require the viewer (though it would be helpful) to view the first "Election" to follow, rather crafting its own story, not derivative but superior to the first. Its conclusion is masterful as well, leaving us with desire to see a continuation of this series. It also lends insight into the operation of mafias in Hong Kong (the beginning sequence plays out like a quick history lesson on the formation, and rules, of underground societies). Finally, it serves as a brilliant political allegory for the dueling that cunning politicians must engage in to win at any and all costs; and how the line between a politician and a gangster is a very thin one. If you're a fan of gangster/organized crime films, "Election 2" is a must have in your collection, to date the greatest film on organized crime in Hong Kong I've seen. And if anyone has any doubts about the legitimacy of this film, I was introduced to this film from someone who was involved with underground activities in Asia…which is all I will mention about that!


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