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Election (2005) (Blu-ray) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region All

Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Johnnie To (Director) | Louis Koo (Actor)
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Johnnie To offers a very different take on the Hong Kong triad genre in Election. Simon Yam Tat Wah and Tony Leung Ka Fai portray two triad leaders who struggle with each other to head the Wo Sing Society. The film never romanticizes triad leaders as heroes (like the Young and Dangerous series), nor condemns them as criminals, but offers an extremely realistic portrayal of gangsters as human beings.

Apart from the two superstars Simon Yam and Tony Leung as potential Chairpersons Big D and Lok respectively, the film also has Louis Koo playing the young, brilliant, and college-educated rising star in the triad. Veteran Wong Tin Lam is the influential senior triad member Uncle Teng. Well-experienced actors including Nick Cheung, Eddie Cheung, Lam Suet, and Gordon Lam, who has excelled in many other Johnnie To movies, vividly portray other gangsters in the film, and Maggie Shiu is Tony Leung's wife.

The film title Election already spells out the plot: it follows the Chairman selection process in the Wo Sing Society. The film opens with the ceremonial rituals of the Chairman's inauguration, which reminds us of the Society's origin being a centuries-old institution once with a virtuous aim of overthrowing tyranny. Ironically, while the head of the Wo Sing Society is still elected by senior triad members nowadays, the temperamental Big D (Tong Leung) and the calculating Lok (Simon Yam) both attempt to beat their competitors by all means, including bribing the seniors and bullying the opponents.

The intervention from the police and Uncle Teng (Wong Tin Lam), and the conflicts and cooperation among the junior triad members, etc, lead to complicated politics and, undoubtedly, fierce fights as well. Even without a single gunshot, the film still contains plenty of spectacular actions alongside in-depth depiction of human nature during power struggle. Johnnie To enriches the film with a political allusion to the present day Hong Kong, making this excellent title more than just another triad movie.

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Product Title: Election (2005) (Blu-ray) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 黑社會 (2005) (Blu-ray) (單碟版) (香港版) 黑社会 (2005) (Blu-ray) (单碟版) (香港版) 黑社會 (2005) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Election (2005) (Blu-ray) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Johnnie To | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Luo Ta Yu | Tam Bing Man | Gordon Lam | Eddie Cheung | Lam Suet | Wong Tin Lam | Cheong Siu Keung | Patrick Tam | Yau Nai Hoi | Tony Yip 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 杜琪峰 | 古天樂 (Actor) | 張 家輝 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 羅大佑 | 譚炳文 | 林家棟 | 張兆輝 | 林雪 | 王 天林 | 鄭兆強 | 譚家明 | 游乃海 | 葉天成 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 杜琪峰 | 古天乐 (Actor) | 张 家辉 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) | 罗大佑 | 谭炳文 | 林家栋 | 张兆辉 | 林雪 | 王 天林 | 郑 兆强 | 谭 家明 | 游乃海 | 叶天成 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 張家輝 (ニック・チョン) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) | 羅大佑(ルオ・ダーヨウ) | 譚[火丙]文(タム・ビンマン) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) | 王天林(ウォン・ティンラム) | 鄭兆強(チェン・シウキョン) | 譚家明 (パトリック・タム) | 游乃海(ヤウ・ナイホイ) | 葉天成 Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Johnnie To | Louis Koo (Actor) | Nick Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) | Luo Ta Yu | Tam Bing Man | Gordon Lam | Eddie Cheung | Lam Suet | Wong Tin Lam | Cheong Siu Keung | Patrick Tam | Yau Nai Hoi | Tony Yip
Director: Johnnie To 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030989876

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Director: To Kei Fung

  Hong Kong' s oldest triad society is about to elect a new chairman when its sacred emblem, the Dragon Head Baton, goes missing. Five sectional leaders, known as the Tigers, turn all their resources over to retrieving the baton before individual and factional ambitions threaten to breakdown the society's central control.
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Professional Review of "Election (2005) (Blu-ray) (Single Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 4, 2007

This professional review refers to Election (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
This is one of those movies that just gets better and better the more you think about it. Johnnie To has actively sought to bring a realistic representation of the triad to the screen, to subvert the glamorized manner with which the Hong Kong cinema (To included) has portrayed its local gang culture, and lay bare its true nature. These kind of revisionist gangster movies have always been the best, and Election reminded me of The Godfather Part II and the magnificent (and still underrated) Donnie Brasco in the way it mercilessly deglamourizes modern organized crime while waxing elegiacal about the essentially honorable motives that gave birth to it. Election is the best movie of the year so far, and also a real kick in the guts.

When the elder uncles of the Wo Shing Triad vote for the safe professionalism of Lok (Simon Yam) over the charismatic and risk-taking Big D (Tony Leung Ka Fai) for the chairmanship, it begins a bloody civil war within the gang. Big D and his men take violent revenge on two of the uncles, and seek out the totemic symbol of leadership, the Dragon's Head Baton, before Lok can take his rightful possession of it. While Big D and Lok are both incarcerated due to the police interest this arouses ("You are suspected of triad activities!" the police mantra goes), their respective factions continue the war as the baton is sought out.

Seeming somewhat slow and structureless at first glance, Election might take a while to draw you into its rhythm. Certainly, it lacks something of the headlong urgency we might expect from To, but that's because it's a different type of movie. Action takes a back seat to the intrigue of backroom string-pulling and ambiguous loyalties, and the violence, when it does come, is sharp and brutal. To has abandoned all notions of entertainingly choreographed gunplay. In fact, he has abandoned guns altogether, which is a simple nod to realism: Hong Kong gangsters typically do not carry them.

To my mind, Tony Leung Ka Fai is no longer the lesser Tony Leung. With this movie and the superb Dumplings, his career is entering a new high. His performance as the virtual man-child Big D is exuberant, intimidating and vastly entertaining. But even this only manages second place to the steely cool of Simon Yam, wearing a nearly permanent smile which is at once warm and foreboding. Yam's Lok is the ultimate modern gangster, which is to say he looks exactly like a businessman.

Absurdly billed by the Melbourne International Film Festival's guide as "a non-stop action treat", Election is a demure drama, not an action movie by any stretch of the imagination, but utterly riveting nevertheless. It has the scope and atmosphere of an epic, with the tightness and efficiency of, well, a Johnnie To movie. It is a mark of tremendous screenwriting and direction that the movie feels like just a tiny portion of a vast fictional world: the story, with its great host of sharply drawn characters, histories and motivations, lives and breathes outside the frame, not to mention the running time. And like any story portraying part of a dynasty with no end in sight, the ending only feels like a new beginning. And it's not a happy one.

9.5 machete wounds out of 10

by Ben Jennings - heroic-cinema.com

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