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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

Election

Hak se wui
Hong Kong 2005, 100’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Johnnie To
screenplay: Yau Nai-hoi, Yip Tin-shing
cinematography: Cheng Siu-keung
editing: Patrick Tam
music: Lo Ta-yu
cast: Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Louis Koo
language: Mandarin, Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards 2006 – najlepszy film, reżyseria, scenariusz; Golden Horse IFF 2006 – najlepszy scenariusz; Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards – najlepszy film, reżyser; Cannes IFF 2005 – nominacja do Złotej Palmy

Film description

One of Johnnie To's greatest triumphs – a film which brought him international fame, and not only because of Quentin Tarantino’s recommendations.
It is a story of electing a leader of Wo Shing triada, a powerful Hong Kong criminal organization, with thousands of people in its ranks. Two candidates, the calm dialogue-oriented Lok, and the hot-headed Big D., run against each other.  Both struggle to pull voters to their side, and their methods are rarely clean and fair.

To focuses on the mechanisms of the elections, which are held every two years, according to over a century-long tradition. Using a hypnotic narration, he shows the rituals and interdependences between the members of the triad, and the role of the police in the whole process. The shift towards realism prevents the violence from being aestheticized. It is an integral part of the criminal world, and at times it bursts out violently, without warning.
In 2005 'Election" received an award for the best Hong Kong film. Now, 8 years later, it is already a part of the very canon of gangster cinema.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Johnnie To

Director, screenwriter, producer (born 1955), author of films belonging to many genres and styles, best known as the master of action cinema. Awarded at numerous festivals, a cult artist and a role model for filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, appreciated for combining sharp social observations with dynamic image and unconventional narration.

Selected filmography:

1980 Bik seoi hon saan dyut meng gam / The Enigmatic Case
1989 Ah-long dik gu si / All About Ah-long
1995 Mou mei san taam / Loving You
1998 Bohater nie umiera nigdy / Chan sam ying hung / A Hero Never Dies
2001 Chuen jik sat sau / Fulltime Killer
2003 Daai zek lou / Running on Karma
2005 Wybór mafii / Hak se wui / Election
2007 Psychodetektyw / San taam / Mad Detective
2012 Kartel / Du zhan / Drug War

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