Spent the last few hours watching Election
and Election 2 (aka Triad Election)
...just to get into that election spirit. Election - 9/10
- Basically, Hong Kong's take on a brooding American gangster drama, which doesn't have the cliches a typical Hong Kong triad film does. In short, it's about two top gangsters campaigning to win votes as president of their triad society, but when one of them turns out to be a sore loser, what ensues is a race to capture a hidden baton that resembles the triad president's undisputed power. You'd think that such a pursuit would be a thrilling shoot-em-up film, but it isn't, rather it's slow, methodical, and can be understandably boring. There's also an overload of characters which threatens to drag the whole thing altogether...yet it all works. The character development is great, the acting even better, and if you enjoy chess match dramas as opposed to cat-and-mouse chase dramas, Election excels there. The ending wasn't as disturbing as I was led to believe, but it's all the more shocking and a very appropriate ending (in fact, I'd say it's one of my favorite endings to a film ever).
Here's a trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quMLN0SHTfMElection 2/Triad Election - 9.5/10
- I prefer the sequel better. It stands alone well without knowing what happened in the first Election, but like the first movie, it's like pulling teeth. Even more methodical than Election which felt more cat-and-mouse in comparison; it's another chess match but it's a lot more brute-force than the first as much as it is cerebral. Both candidates in the election take dirty campaigning to a whole new level, one including a graphic torture scene that will put Saw's Jigsaw Killer to shame. I don't find the plot or ending all that shocking personally as the first, but the story is just as meticulous as the first and slowly/systematically builds up to an equally appropriate finale to the theme of Election 2.