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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

Election 2

Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai
Hong Kong 2006, 92’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Johnnie To
screenplay: Yau Nai-hoi, Yip Tin-shing
cinematography: Cheng Siu-keung
editing: Law Wing-cheong, Jeff Cheung
music: Robert Ellis-Geiger
cast: Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung
language: Mandarin, Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2007 – najlepszy film

Film description

Two years have passed since the events of the first part of the film. The Wo Shing triad is preparing for the next election. The outgoing leader cannot resist the temptation to influence the voters and be reelected, despite the one-term tradition.
The newly emerging player is Jimmy Lee – a young, talented member of the organization thriving in… producing and selling pirate DVDs with pornography. He is more of a businessman than a criminal. The organization interests him as long as it helps him with his illegal dealings. When they are threatened, Jimmy will go to any lengths to win the election.

The violent sequel of "Election" is even better and more mature, but also far more disheartening. Outlying the connections between the worlds of organized crime and business, To shows how the traditional triads have to evolve to find their place in the fast-changing surroundings. He also shows the influence of Chinese politicians on the structures of the Hong Kong organizations.

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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