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Hong Kong, 2006 (MIFF 2006, Regional Focus)

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
TD 35mm/2006/92mins

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).

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