[Blueboard] Special Screening: ELECTION

CHINESE STUDIES PROGRAM chinese at admu.edu.ph
Thu Jan 26 15:50:52 PHT 2006

To celebrate Chinese New Year, which falls on 29 January this year,

the Chinese Studies Program and the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies

invite you to a special screening of

ELECTION (Hei Shehui)
Starring Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Simon Yam
Directed by Johnny To
Friday, 27 January 2006
Faura AVR

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ELECTION (Hei Shehui)
Starring Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Simon Yam
Directed by Johnny To
Duration:  101 minutes

Who thought gangs could be diplomatic? And just like any democracy, voters 
could be bought, threatened or killed - in that order of increasing 
effectiveness. That is the central theme of Johnny To's skillfully constructed 
Triad tale 'Election' and it does a fine job of carefully laying on the board 
the pieces that will take power and those that will be crushed in the process. 

The film opens with the elders of the Wo Shing Society, a Triad gang, 
shuffling to pledge their allegiances to either Lok (Simon Yam) or Big D (Tony 
Leung Ka Fai), the two front runners in the race for being named the new 
chairman of the widely spread criminal circle. Not able to reach a clear 
consensus - mostly due to the deep rooted influence of bribery on the elders 
but also because both candidates have their desirable strengths - a deadlock 
occurs with loyal members assembling on either side. In a moment of clear 
enlightenment, the decision is made to pass on the patriarchal duties to Lok, 
a move which earns him the wrath of Big D and the triggers the possible 
outbreak of civil war amongst the two sides eventually formed. To prevent the 
situation from escalating any further, a sacred baton, the symbol of wielded 
power when in possession and mandatory requirement o formally hand over the 
echelons of power, is hidden, sparking a frantic hunt which lasts for the bulk 
of the running time.

This Hong Kong movie presents a reality that is part of the territory’s 
history and culture.

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