Election (Johnny To, 2005): Every marathon inevitably has a clunker and Election was ours. Election is a fairly typical and rote crime film chronicling the election (!) of a new triad president in Hong Kong. The election is between professional, cool headed Lok, and the more thuggish, angry Big D. When Lok is fairly elected, Big D tries to stop him from obtaining the "dragon baton" which symbolizes his power. Various acts of violence ensue: bludgeoning, shootings, stabbings, and, most disturbingly, rolling people in cardboard boxes down huge hills. Both actors Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka-fai (sadly a different Tony Leung than the much admired star of the first half of our marathon) are fairly charismatic, and the supporting cast is fairly colorful, but none of the characters leave much of an impression. Election isn't exciting enough to be an action film and not intriguing enough to be a crime film. The ending is a shocker though! If only more of the movie had been like that unforgettable and frankly stomach turning scene.
|This is the face he makes the whole movie.|