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Election
     

Election

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Director: Johnny To

Cast: Simon Yam, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Louis Koo

 
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

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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).

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An insidiously funny black comedy, far superior to the book from which it was adapted, Election returns Matthew Broderick to the milieu that made him famous: high school. But this time he's not Ferris Bueller, and there are no days off for him. Broderick plays overworked teacher Jim McAllister, whose frustration with an unsatisfactory personal life colors his judgment and propels him into conflict with the school's Little Miss Prim. Insufferable overachiever Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon in a pitch-perfect performance), running for student body president, will do anything to beat popular, good-natured jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein in his first major role), a reluctant candidate encouraged by McAllister. The battle lines are thus drawn, teacher against student, and it's anybody's guess who will emerge victorious. Director Alexander Payne, who co-wrote the script based on Tom Perotta's novel, re-creates with amazing fidelity the countless little cruelties, minor disappointments, and petty grievances that often make high school such an interminable ordeal. He's especially perspicacious in his portrayal of the feckless McAllister, whose tiniest indiscretions have a way of snowballing into massive crises. Ironic situations, tart dialogue, deftly limned characters, and dexterous direction are rarely found in such felicitous combination -- and that uniquely winning formula makes Election a minor masterpiece of modern comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
UPC:
0842498030462
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tartan Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

The making of Election; Interview with Johnnie To; Interviews with Tony Leung Ka Fai, Simon Yam, Wong Tin Lam; Original theatrical trailer; English & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Yam Lok
Tony Leung Kar-Fai Big D
Louis Koo Jimmy
Nick Cheung Jet
Cheung Siu Fai Mr. Soo
Lam Suet Big Head
Lam Ka-tung Kun
Wong Tin-lam Uncle Teng
Tam Ping-man Uncle Cocky
Maggie Shiu Big D's Wife
John Chiang Insp. Hiu

Technical Credits
Johnny To Director,Executive Producer
Catherine Chan Executive Producer
Stanley Cheung Costumes/Costume Designer
Jackson Ha Production Manager
Charles Heung Producer
Cheng Su Keung Cinematographer
Dennis Law Executive Producer
Charlie Lo Sound/Sound Designer
May Mok Sound/Sound Designer
Yau Nai-hoi Screenwriter
Cheng Siu-keung Cinematographer
Lo Ta-yu Score Composer
Patrick Tam Editor
Yip Tin-sing Screenwriter
Chan Wai-hung Asst. Director
Tony Yu Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Election
1. A Family Meeting [7:45]
2. The Candidates [8:44]
3. See You at 8 [8:19]
4. You Know What He Wants [7:15]
5. Mr. Soo [6:48]
6. Breaking Traditions [6:08]
7. A New Society [9:51]
8. Pass the Baton [7:19]
9. First Time I Saw It [8:46]
10. Five Ancestors [8:28]
11. Negotiations [6:20]
12. Deal Breaker [1:39]
13. End Credits [8:56]

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Election 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Filmninja More than 1 year ago
Far better than the Reese Witherspoon version.
Angry-BN-Customer More than 1 year ago
anyone looking to buy this DVD, please be aware that the info on this page is WRONG!!! The picture and the description shows the Reese Witherspoon movie, but the Cast/Crew and the Item ID number relate to an Asian movie by the same name. I ordered this item thinking I'd get the Reese Witherspoon movie, but received the Asian film instead. When I tried to alert customer service repeatedly to have them fix the problem, they told me there was nothing at all wrong with this webpage and refused to pay for the shipping to exchange the movie, which was extremely frustrating and disappointing because I've been a loyal B&N customer for years. After several problems with B&N's website, I won't be buying online again.