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Triad Election (2006)

Louis Koo , Simon Yam , Johnnie To  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Ka Tung Lam, Suet Lam
  • Directors: Johnnie To
  • Writers: Nai-Hoi Yau, Tin-Shing Yip
  • Producers: Johnnie To, Catherine Chan, Charles Heung, Dennis Law, Elos Gallo
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000R7HY2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,886 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A second-tiered triad member vying aggressively for the position of godfather is restrained by the current mob boss who isn't officially eligible for reelection. This leads to a bloody and cutthroat battle of wills between the two men, carried out in a shocking and ultra-violent fashion culminating in an ending that will take your breath away!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie To on top form December 28, 2007
The ever-reliable Johnnie To's Election 2: Harmony is a Virtue aka Triad Election 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, focusing 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.

Incidentally, 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), an interview on the 2-disc Hong Kong Panorama DVD reveals that these scenes were cut by To prior to release.
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Having recently become acquainted with Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To with the his latest effort "Vengeance" (an unusual and intriguing genre picture), I've been seeking out his earlier pieces. After being delighted by the thoroughly unique "Mad Detective," I stumbled across a pair of movies that, to me, epitomize grand and sophisticated storytelling. I consider myself, at least, conversant in Asian cinema and its masters--but To seems to have flown completely under my radar. But no more! With 2005's "Election" and its sequel 2006's "Triad Election," To has captivated me with two terrifically complex thrillers that stand in worthy comparison to "The Godfather" and "The Godfather, Part 2." Okay, I know that comparing the "Election" films to two cinema masterpieces may seem like unnecessary hyperbole--but, in truth, I was so impressed that I have share that passion. And the character arcs are quite similar. Much as I consider the two "Godfather" films as one experience (I'll leave Part 3 out of the discussion), I have to lump "Election" and "Triad Election" together for the purposes of this review. Either film can be appreciated on its own merits--but together, they are a truly special experience (I literally watched them back to back).

"Election" revolves around the passing of the power baton within one of Hong Kong's largest crime syndicates. With two principle candidates in the running for the looming election, there seems a clear division about the future of the Triad. There's the old-school man of action, Big D (Tony Leung Ka Fei), and the more contemplative choice, Lam Lok (Simon Yam). Each has his supporters and each has a different vision for the future of the organization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! January 25, 2013
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DVD is just as described and arrived very quickly. Seems to be new with no damage or wear. Good job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good October 30, 2010
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the film was so good. i was surprised that it was not highly stylized like some films in the same genre. it played more like an independent film with true grit. main character's quiet power and vulnerability was what drew me in. i liked this film a lot and bought it as a gift to a family friend who is the "ultra male" type and loves movies; he likes it too.
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