ABOUT THE MOVIE
Yam, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Lam Ka Tung, Cheung Siu Fai,
Lam Suet, Wong Tin Lam, Tam Ping Man
Director: Johnny To
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2006
- Making of
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
It has been two years since Lok (Simon Yam) took the chairperson
seat of the Wo Sing Triad and it is election time again. Lok
has had a decent run but tradition demands a change a new head
take charge every two years. Contenders of the person include
Jimmy (Louis Koo), Jet (Nick Cheung), Kun (Gordon Lam). Ultimately,
it becomes clear that there is only one sure way to win the
election and a battle ensues...
are very few sequels that stay on par with or surpass what
the original film had achieved. Election 2 "Harmony Is
a Virtue" not only accomplished that difficult feat,
it even enhance the characters and events that had transpired
from the original movie, making it an even better one.
It has been said that the original length of Election was
meant to be a 3 hours version but had to be cut down to 1
hour and 30 mins which was more feasible for runtime in cinema.
And now with the sequel, watching both movies back to back
actually present a more complete story that Director Johnny
To wanted to tell. While you don't have to watch the first
movie in order to understand what going on in this sequel,
viewers watching it in the right sequence order will appreciate
the character setup and events that were set up in the first
one and the fruition that it bears in this second one.
In the sequel, time is almost up for Lok (Simon Yam)'s occupation
as the Wo Sing triad chairman but he is not willing to give
up his position just yet. His former aides Kun (Lam Ka Tung)
and Jet (Nicky Cheung),who helped him get his chairman position
are now vying for his position.
But none of his aides have more potential than Jimmy Lee (Louis
Koo) who was initially unwilling but eventually realized that
in order to expand his legitimate business in mainland China,
he has to be the head of the society. In a way, Jimmy's character
runs parallel to the likes of Michael Corleone in The Godfather
trilogy; no matter how hard they struggle to get out, circumstances
will always pull them back in.
This set up the well crafted power struggle between these
few former allies and turnning them into backstabbing foes.
Lok is unwilling to relinquish his power and now plays a cloak
and dagger game with Jimmy, using those people such as Kun
and Jet as pawns. It became of a game of wits and manipulation,
pushing the limits to what one is willing to do for more power
Election 2 could possibly be the best film that Hong Kong
have to offer in 2006 and definitely one of the richest characterization
and storytelling of the Hong Kong underworld in recent years.
Similar to the first movie, Election 2 is filmed with heavy
usage of dark shadow to flush out the darker nature of human
greed, meshing with a symphony of wanton violence to produce
a solemn piece that bears the uniquely Hong Kong flavour that
shouldn't be missed.
The trailer is presented in its original Cantonese and Chinese
Besides the Trailer, this DVD also comes with a "Making
off" feature that is in Cantonese Soundtrack and has
Chinese Subtitles. This relative short "making of"
feature (6 mins and 54sec) contains interviews with the Director
Johnnie To, the Writer Yau Nai Hoi and the Lead Actor Louis
Koo. The trio shared with the viewers their perspective on
Hong Kong secret society and how it's changing with times.
It was one of the shortest "making off" that I ever
saw and yet it was bursting with information and heartfelt
comments of the current society by the trio.
film is presented in full screen format and comes with switchable
English and Chinese subtitles that's removable. The audio
is presented in Mandrain Dolby Digital 2.0.
by Richard Lim Jr
review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East