Director: Johnnie To
In a much welcome return to the festival big screen, MIFF regular Johnnie To picks up perfectly where last year's Closing Night feature ended with the electric Election 2.
Offering an ingenuously appropriate end to the storylines of the first film, Election 2 opens with Hong Kong's oldest triad, Wo Sing, which is the most feared crime organisation under its current Chairman.
Jimmy, an educated gangster, wants to go clean but his profit-making enterprises have made him a favourite in the upcoming Chairman election. The Chinese authorities offer him access to Mainland's business market should he choose to lead Wo Sing. So to escape, first he must lead them. As he unwillingly embarks on a violent campaign trail, Jimmy discovers his future, as well as that of Wo Sing, hang in the balance of a far greater power.
In To's latest feature, the old orthodoxies of Hong Kong go to war with the new regime.
“To fans are going to be delighted, and it's a good start for viewers unfamiliar with his work.” - Hollywood Reporter
D Johnnie To P Milkyway Image S Yau Nai-hoi, Yip Tin-shing
Dist Hopscotch L Mandarin, Cantonese w/English subtitles
Johnnie To was born in Hong Kong in 1955. His films include PTU (MIFF 2003), Breaking News (MIFF 2004) and Election (MIFF Closing Night 2005).
Hong Kong, 2004
Breaking News (Dai Sigin) Hong KongThe latest hard-boiled crime drama from acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (P.T.U., MIFF 2003) wowed audiences in its Official Selection slot at Cannes this y… More »
Hong Kong/China, 2004
Running on Karma (Dai Chek Lo) Hong Kong/ChinaWinner of three Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Actor for superstar Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, MIFF 2003), Running on Karma is t… More »
Elections are always tense, but none more than for the leadership of Hong Kong's largest and oldest criminal Triad. The much-acclaimed Hong Kong director Johnnie To brings together a luminous cast in… More »
Hong Kong, China, 2007
“The beginning, middle and end of Triangle are directed by three different directors… it is like tasting an exquisite dish with three different flavors.” - Pusan Film Festival ... Combini… More »
Hong Kong, 2003
From the Berlin Film Festival, Johnnie To's P.T.U. went back home to open the Hong Kong Film Festival. This remarkable, taut action/drama takes place over a single night in the lives of a Police Tact… More »