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Election

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on January 14, 2012 (?)
Election
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A crime family flirts with democracy, leading to a fierce gangland battle in this stylish crime drama from Hong Kong director Johnnie To . With over 50,000 members, the Wo Shing Society is one of the largest and most powerful Triads in Hong Kong, and when the leadership committee needs a new head man, they decide to put the matter to a vote of their underlings. The two candidates are Lok ( Simon Yam ), a cool leader who doesn't rattle easily, and Big D ( Tony Leung Kar-Fai ), who has a short temper and is prone to violence. After Uncle Weng ( Wong Tin-lam ), an elderly and well-regarded member of the Triad, gives Lok his endorsement, he wins by a landslide, which does not sit well with Big D's uncertain temper. A ceremonial walking stick which is given to the Wo Shing Society's elected leader has disappeared, and Big D will stop at nothing to make sure it stays out of Lok's hands; meanwhile, the Hong Kong police are determined to bring down the Triad, and Big D ends up behind bars. The Wo Shing Society falls into chaos as in-fighting threatens to tear the Triad apart before the walking stick can be returned and Lok can be inaugurated as their new chief. Election (aka Hak Sewui ) was a major box office success in Asia, and the story continued the following year in Election 2 (aka Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai ). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Randy Goldstein
January 14th
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