Triad Election

Released 2006


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Triad Election, also known as Election 2, is a 2006 Hong Kong drama and the follow up to 2005's Election. This film, like its predecessor, features a talented ensemble cast in a story about vicious crime bosses in the Hong Kong syndicate struggling to become the next leader of the Triad Society. Every two years, the position of Triad chairman opens up, as the criminal organization constantly re-organizes its leadership in order to keep things fresh and balanced. Lok, played by Simon Yam, is a brutal murderer who won his seat killing off any competition that rose up against him. Now, two years later, Lok wants to keep his leadership role, but there are several new candidates interested in replacing him. Meanwhile, Jimmy, played by Louis Koo, is trying to leave his violent past behind him and establish a legitimate business. However, breaking free of his life of crime may not be as easy as he thought. Triad Election has received international acclaim for its solid cast and gritty story, earning the title Official Selection at Cannes, Toronto, New York, and dozens of other film festivals across the world.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    More elegantly plotted and streamlined than the first film.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    Like any good sequel, this film takes what is familiar with the original's concept -- in this case, an internecine struggle for supremacy -- and deepens it.

  • 80


    Distinguished by intelligence, wit and violence but is lightly wounded by some ill-fitting moments.

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