For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Crime Films, here’s a review of Election (2005) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams
Thanks again to Dan of Slipthrough Movies for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews We will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.
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Let’s see what Kim thought of this movie:
Director: Johnnie To
Cast: Simon Yam, Louis Koo, Tony Leung,
A democratic election within an organized crime society is about to take place.- IMDB
From a young age, my exposure to crime movies has always been related to the Hong Kong triad society. There was the Young and Dangerous series that really stepped up the game back in the early 90s. However, the movie that got some international recognition is none other than Election.
Election is a film all about the crime world. It holds an impressive cast, all renowned for some great performances in the Hong Kong movie industry, much like the calibre of Infernal Affairs.
Election gives us the violent, brutal and ruthless look into the world of the triad society. It takes the scene of a triad society who tries to democratically vote for the next big boss and the candidates doing what needs to be done to get that job. Its a powerful movie with even more sly and sometimes unforgiving scenes. The characters here and plentiful and colorful and its focuses on their blood ties and power. Johnnie To is also known to be able to add a lot of style to these sort of gangster/action films and he does a fine job at it.
However, Election requires the audiences attention also. There is a huge cast here and the relationships could get confusing. It also is a slower pace than the typical Hong Kong action flick and much more focused on dialogue and building the story.
Overall, Election is a breakthrough movie when it came out. It challenged the norm of Hong Kong movies being a centre for action. This gave the world a combination of something of style and thought. It took a new direction into the world of crime movies and possibly thrillers. With a great director and an outstanding cast and well thought out script, Election is a great crime movie.